As we come to the end of the year, we take a look back at the women of STEM who have been making an impact, key news articles and the work of Equate Scotland.

January – EDF launch a new campaign to encourage girls to pursue careers in engineering and technology.

The “pretty curious” advertising campaign was seen on TV and in cinemas across Scotland .

The film Hidden Figures was premiered in the UK, highlighting the critical mathematical contribution and overlooked history of a group of African-American women to NASA’s US space programme.

February – We celebrated the International Day of Women in Science by highlighting the excellent work of women and why we must redouble our efforts.

After a successful pilot in 2016, we were granted funding to launch a yearlong Women Returners programme, supporting women back into STEM careers.

March – We partnered with Skills Development Scotland to launch the Tackling the Technology Gender Gap Together employers best practice guide, with case studies from tech organisations to support their efforts to recruit, retain and promote women.

April – It was a busy month at Equate Scotland, with two national conferences; the first was our annual Interconnect student conference and awards; where we heard from Dr. Susie Mitchell from Glasgow City of Science and celebrated the work of 3 brilliant students

Our second conference focused on employers, supporting them to take women-only positive action measures. The conference included a keynotes from Employability Minister, Jamie Hepburn MSP, as well as key employers such as SKY and SSE.

May – Professor Polly Arnold of the University of Edinburgh, launched “Sci-Sisters” an online community of women working across STEM who are keen to connect, mentor and be role models or speakers. You can sign up or learn more about it here.

June – Insider Magazine published their “20 women to watch in business” – 10 of which are women working in or who have studies STEM from app development to sail and rig design

July – Angela Saini launched her new book; Inferior: How Science Got Women Wrong focuses on her experiences and how we can change the tide; she wrote about the book for our website

August – Professor Dame Anne Glover was announced as the President elect of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, taking over from Dame. Jocelyn Bell Burnell. Also in August, the Royal Bank of Scotland announced they would be celebrating historic astronomer and leading woman in STEM Mary Somerville on the new £10 note.

September – One of our CareerWise students, Heather, gave an exceptional keynotes speech to Scotland’s academics and policy makers in Edinburgh, you can read her speech in full here

October – Awards season kicked off with the Scotland IS awards, where, for the very first time, all winners were women

The very first Scotland Women in Technology Awards also took place in October, where Equate Scotland sponsored the Employer of the Year award

Finally, this was the month the Scottish Government launched their STEM Education and Skills Strategy for Scotland. Equate Scotland were members of the strategy development working group and you can read more about it here.

November – Equate Scotland is dedicated to working with and championing the diversity of women in Scotland, this month we hosted a panel discussion looking at Intersectionality in STEM and how we can ensure we are working towards a fully inclusive STEM sector.

December – This month saw the announcement of “Little Miss Inventor” a new “Little Miss” Character for author Adam Hargreaves. Little Miss Inventor will be launched on International women’s day 2018 and will be making STEM inventions in her adventures. Finally, for those of you still doing last minute shopping, A Mighty Girl have provided a list of STEM presents for girls (for everyone!)