Ilford girls promoting male-dominated careers
PUBLISHED: 12:00 30 May 2016
A documentary with the aim of inspiring young women to enter traditionally male-dominated careers has been released, featuring students from an Ilford school.
The film, which includes staff and teenagers from all-girls school Ursuline Academy, Morland Road, encourages women to consider science, technology, engineering and maths (Stem) careers.
Last summer, six Ursuline students attended an intensive residential camp, organised by social enterprise Stemettes, which campaigns for better representation of women in Stem.
Now the girls – Katrine-Oriane Wandji, Vanessa Madu, Valentina Vettore, Xsara Baptiste-Wilson, Audrey Fidegnon and Floriane Fidegnon – appear in the documentary, promoting Stem to younger girls.
Katrine, a Year 9 student, said: “It was really fun. It’s something that every girl wants to be part of and it’s exciting to appear on TV.
“I’m excited to see it. I had so much fun being filmed.”
Rose Russell, a design and technology teacher at the school, was also featured in the documentary, which was filmed by American computing company Salesforce.
Ms Russell said: “It was a privilege to work alongside them and Salesforce, who have sponsored the film and the work Stemettes are doing.
“The days of just designing something are probably over. The pace at which things are changing in the industry is huge.
“Problems are becoming more complex, partly because of technology, partly with the way we want to live and the things we want to experience today.
“We need to attract our young people to the jobs in Stem, especially women, and Stemettes are doing a fantastic job in driving this message forward.”
Stemettes was created by Anne-Marie Imafidon, 25, in 2013 to promote female involvement.
To find out more and see the film, visit stemettes.org.