Mike Gapes MP is supporting the Little Miss Geek campaign to celebrate our female heroes of the past and present, in order to inspire young girls to become our female heroes of the future, as a part of Ada Lovelace Day on October 15th.
On Thursday 10th October Mike joined some other MPs in Parliament who signed the HER in Hero pledge.
Little Miss Geek is providing resources to teachers so they can incorporate female heroes into the curriculum and their assemblies. The campaign is asking for schools across the UK to host a HER in Hero assembly, and we have already reached 5,000 girls.
Currently, the UK’s tech workforce is only 17% female, and over the last 10 years this has been dropping by 0.5% each year. If the UK continues at this rate, by 2043 there will be less than 1% women working in technology despite more women being big consumers of technology.
Technology is shaping the future for all industries, so it is essential we increase diversity as this leads to greater innovation - addressing technology’s gender divide is simply smart economics.