Females: STEM Subjects

Women and Equalities written question – answered on 11th March 2020.

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Photo of Adam Afriyie Adam Afriyie Conservative, Windsor

What steps the Government is taking to encourage girls to study STEM subjects.

Photo of Elizabeth Truss Elizabeth Truss The Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade, Minister for Women and Equalities

We want to see more girls studying STEM subjects and are committed to improving the gender balance in computing, maths and physics, where uptake by girls is low. We are funding several interventions in this area. A-levels mathematics students are likely to earn on average 11 per cent more on their salary by the time they are 34, than students who choose not to study maths. Indeed, studying STEM can lead to a wide range of brilliant careers - from computer scientist to Minister for Women and Equalities.

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