Science is not, and never has been, just for men, however just 13% of those working in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) in the UK are women.

This gender disparity has long fuelled misconceptions about who can be a Scientist/Engineer, which then influences the choices and confidence of our young people.

Women of Science presents a remarkable digital photography exhibition at the People’s History Museum that shares stories of women who work and study in STEM.

Showcasing the achievements, struggles and attitudes of a diverse range of female scientists, prepare to be impressed and inspired in equal measure.

Alongside the exhibition there will be an opportunity to chat to some of the scientists or engineers featured in the exhibition to find out more about their story and journey into STEM.

University of Manchester graduate student Rhys Archer created Women of Science to give female rolemodels to young people interested in Science and Engineering.

Combining WISE ‘Not for People Like Me’ research, Rhys’s engaging candid photography and honest curation of stories (inspired by the format seen in Humans of New York), and the clean, considered design by Manchester based graphic designer Keir Mucklestone-Barnett , Women of Science is a uniquely relatable and emotive campaign to address the gender imbalance in STEM fields.

Her campaign is focused on providing these role model to young girls in widening participation schools, but secondary aims include providing a supportive network for current women in STEM, and also challenging the preconception of what a scientist or engineer is in the public.

Women in Science runs at the People’s History Museum from the 19th -27th October

Photo Credit Mark Waugh


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