Why is Russia so good at encouraging women into tech?

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    Interesting article from the BBC highlighting regional differences in Female participation and interest in STEM particularly from ages 11-30. (thanks for sharing @Zita-Daniel-Nad)

    They compare results Microsofts research with Unesco studies and case studies from Females in STEM in Russia. I particularly like this interactive graph which compares high/low interest in Stem in the counties included in Microsofts study.

    Alarmingly across markets there is a large drop in STEM interest in girls while they are 13–18 years of age, the age at which most decide what they they will study in college and the direction of their career.

    The article notes:
    "According to Unesco, 29% of people in scientific research worldwide are women, compared with 41% in Russia. In the UK, about 4% of inventors are women, whereas the figure is 15% in Russia.
    Russian girls view Stem far more positively, with their interest starting earlier and lasting longer, says Julian Lambertin, managing director at KRC Research, the firm that oversaw the Microsoft interviews.
    "Most of the girls we talked to from other countries had a slightly playful approach to Stem, whereas in Russia, even the very youngest were extremely focused on the fact that their future employment opportunities were more likely to be rooted in Stem subjects.“
    These girls cite parental encouragement and female role models as key, as well as female teachers who outnumber their male colleagues presiding over a curriculum viewed as gender neutral.”

    Feel free to share your thoughts about the piece below :)

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