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Show Notes:

If you work in a male-dominated industry, and you’ve ever felt undermined or overlooked at work, this episode is for you. There is a worldwide shortage of graduates in the STEM sector (this includes Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths). Women, black and ethnic minorities are under-represented, under-recruited and under-promoted in STEM roles. The reasons for this are both obvious and complex. Organisations like Equate Scotland, have a mandate to redress this balance and they are doing incredible work.

Allison Johnstone leads Equate Scotland’s learning and development programme. Allison began her career as an engineer in the oil and gas industry and has master’s degrees in chemical engineering, environmental management and leadership. Allison has given evidence to the Scottish Parliament’s Equal Opportunities Committee on the theme of Women and Work. She talks candidly and openly about women’s experience in STEM, whats changing and why the issues are so much bigger than our self-doubt.

Topics discussed:

  • The role of Equate Scotland.
  • Gender and STEM and issues of social justice and occupational segregation.
  • Unconscious bias – why it matters and how it works.
  • How organisational culture perpetuates Imposter Syndrome.
  • Micro-aggressions are real and insidious.
  • Why there are many reasons to be hopeful.
  • Mentoring, leadership and girls in science.

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