October 7th, 2015
From the United States to Europe, statistics leave no doubts: the future of educational as well as professional challenges in global societies, more and more competitive and technological, will be played in the fields of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics). But numbers also keep telling the story of a surprisingly low percentage of women choosing this kind of career, with enormous economic consequences, not least the delay in filling the gender pay gap.
In the framework of "Expo Milano 2015 - Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life", the network Expo Women Global Forum (EWGF) brings to public attention the crucial contribution of women in all production areas, as well as female innate ability to operate for sustainable development and attention to the needs of future generations. In spite of growing attention towards women's career in most professional fields, this alone is not warranting same career opportunities and same salary as for men: there's still a long way to go! BPW Club Ticino, together with SVIN-Swiss Association of Women Engineer and CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) Society Italy, believe that, in order to win the challenges of the future, more women need to be involved in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) professions, without forgetting the benefit that the Arts might bring to Science, thus making the acronym STEAM the most suitable and up-to-date. Why only a surprisingly low number of women choose a career in the technical/scientific fields? Tackling this issue from a different perspective is the aim of the roundtable:
The future is STEAM also (and notably!) for women
With the help of an exceptional pool of talented professionals and researchers, we will focus on women's career and opportunities in the STEAM fields, which are only slowly opening to female students and professionals. This is probably beginning to change already, also thanks to excellent role models who recently gained public attention. But besides great exceptions, women still struggle to get what they aspire to or simply deserve in the professional world. What are the difficulties they have to face, which opportunities are really available for a girl with a passion for science or for a woman wishing to pursue a career in chemical engineering or financial asset management? How can networking be of help and what are the best practices and key recommendations for companies and institutions willing to deal with gender equality issues or for young women in the stage of choosing their education? What is the role played by horizontal segregation of professions on the salary gap between women and man? How crucial is a correct representation of these professions in the media? These and other questions will be at the centre of our discussion, where international speakers will not only give facts, reasons, recipes, advises but will also be in the privileged position to witness their personal experience in the STEAM fields.
Business Professional Women
The Federation of Business and Professional Women (BPW) is one of the largest and oldest professional female network world-wide.
BPW develops the professional, business and leadership potential of women at all levels through advocacy, mentoring, networking, skill building, economic empowerment programs and projects around the world (http://www.bpw-international.org/work).
BPW International partners and cooperates with a number of public institutions, at international, regional and local level (http://www.bpw-international.org/partnerships).
BPW Switzerland connects around 2500 female professionals through 40 Clubs; BPW Club Ticino, based in Lugano, is the referent for the Italian speaking region of Switzerland, and promoter of the event.