Spotlight on promoting maths for students

Pioneer: helping to stop the gender divide from multiplying

School can be great. But as a Year 12 student, I wanted to understand why 2019 saw the fewest women accepted to maths at university – in over a decade. And at A-Level, only 39% of math students were female. Why is this?

Turns out, a lot of girls have “maths anxiety” and could tend to downplay their abilities. They may lack self-confidence, role models and a community of like-minded individuals.

As the only girl in my year who definitely wants to study maths at university, I started researching math societies to join online… only to find that they weren’t specifically for maths or for girls, or were targeted at the undergraduate level – when I believe the key to creating change is to start early.

That’s why I set up Pioneer, a non-profit organisation which aims to encourage girls aged 11-18 to see that there’s more to maths than their textbook, through competitions, articles and events. I hope that this will therefore nurture their passion, giving them the confidence to pursue the subject at a higher level.

I discuss in more detail why I set up Pioneer on the podcast “It Starts with Action”, available on Spotify and Apple Podcasts.

Our progress

In the last two months since Pionee