What does STEM mean?
STEM is the new big word being used to promote opportunities to females in wearable technology and the future of fashion. STEM stands for Science, Technology and Engineering and Maths, it is about encouraging particularly females to study in these areas so they have better career and education opportunities. Just think of all that female talent not being used by having a whole industry area lacking the in-put of women, maybe fashion of the future would already be here if more women had been involved earlier.
Girls beating Boys in STEM!
I studied ‘A’ level Maths and Physics, finding I was only the girl in the class this did put me off working in these areas. Girls do better then boys in GCSE, STEM subjects, but only a few go onto careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths. Being the only girl in the class was not all that put me off Maths and Physics, as a very creative person I also found the types of jobs I could do sounded really boring and grey! I was told about how as an engineer I could design bridges and cars, I liked sewing, textiles and fashion. So instead I did a degree in Textiles, found at the end of it could not get a Fashion job easily and trained to be a teacher with a fixed salary of £21,000 – £27,000. As an Engineer I could on average have earned £40,000 – £110,000, imagine!!!!! Money is not everything, although lets face it, it does help.
Future of Fashion and STEM
The great news now is that the future of fashion holds great opportunity for people who are creative, into clothes, make-up, but also great at STEM subjects to use their skills to work in innovative areas such as wearable technology and smart fashion retail. To learn more about these areas see my blog section “Fashion Futures & Wearable Technology”. As technology and fashion become more and more entwined, maybe in the future to even get on a fashion degree you will need to have a Physics and Maths ‘A’ Level, as 3D print, LED lights, electronics, robotics and augmented reality become the norm in fashion.
The Rise of Fem Tech
Loads of companies and bodies are now doing work to get girls in STEM education and women into Tech jobs, with events held all over the country to promote this work. Some of the people involved are listed below.
Girl Geeks – STEM workshops in e-textiles and wearable technology.
Women of Wearables – Events promoting women working in STEM.
The Sharp Project – Home of Digital Teapot, talks to promote digital to young women.
Trafford Fab Lab – Textile STEM workshops with coding and electronics.
Wise Campaign – Promoting women in STEM industries.
Forward Ladies – Women in Industry.
Tech UK – Industry in the Future.
This article may have encouraged you to take-up STEM subjects wanting a career in the fashion industry of the future, to keep up to date with developments in this area check out my blog section “Fashion Futures & Wearable Technology”.