Winchester Women Graduates

British Federation of Women Graduates


 September News:

The reading group will meet on the evening of 30th September as usual but we shall also consider other possible days and times for such meetings. Anyone who cannot come on that evening is encouraged to send in her views/optional arrangements to Rory Haigh. 

It is hoped that we shall have  a new website later in the year.

March News: 

On 9th March at the BFWG Executive Meeting. the Resolution to change the voting system at the national AGM to One Member One Vote was accepted to go forward for discussion at the National AGM in Lincoln in July. Winchester was pleased to second this Resolution which was proposed by Canterbury.

On 5th March a group of members were taken round Salisbury Cathedral by Dr Alex Armstrong, after a light lunch at The White Hart Hotel. We were particularly interested in Magna Carta, following his talk to us last autumn. You will find his notes on Stephen Langton in the Highlights page. 


February  News: 

Members enjoyed an informal discussion, followed by an excellent tea at a member's home. Also that month we had a very good pub lunch at The Queen.


January News:

Please note that our Empathy Seminar planned for early March has been postponed until May 15th. It will be held in The Stripe Theatre at the University of Winchester.


All good wishes to our members for a happy and healthy new year!


2018 Christmas Lunch at The Winchester Royal Hotel



For our 2018-9 year we are delighted to have Dr Reefat Drabu as our new President and Mrs Maureen Sleigh as Secretary. 

Mrs Ann Scott continues as Membership Secretary, as does Dr Sheila Stevens as Treasurer. 


October: Joint meeting with the University Of Winchester

Here is a summary of the talk given by Eleanor Scott-Allen. This is based on her research into inequalities in STEM for her Masters degree at Portsmouth University.  She says: 

We've known for several decades now that there are not women enough in science but we've yet to fully comprehend the complex reasons why. Throughout my research, I was struck by one statistic in particular: Girls now outperform boys in STEM subjects at GSCE but boys enter higher STEM education at almost three times the rate. Only 24% of the UK's STEM workforce are women, leaving us unprepared for the future.
I recently presented a talk on my undergraduate and postgraduate research focused on exploring one of the root causes, stereotypes, and how social psychology can be used to change those same stereotypes for the better. The first study looked at gender representation in BBC science documentaries, putting a microscope to the UK's unique media context and showing that a gender gap of 3 men to every 1 woman exists in their educational programming. Through my talk, I explained the psychological impacts of representation (or a lack thereof) on young girls as they choose their future careers. 
But there are also barriers that continue into the workplace. Women leave STEM careers at a higher rate than men, leaving us to wonder how these structural issues can be addressed. I turned to social psychology and Social Identity Theory. Using the idea that scientists share a communal, social identity, I was able to explore what types of people could be influential in encouraging endorsement of new group norms. This has been shown to leave to long term belief change such as challenging stereotypes. I
conducted an experiment which explored whether prototypical, the degree to which a person embodies the ideals of a social group, could play such a role in stereotype change by increasing endorsement of a new workplace equality policy. I found that prototypicality, regardless of gender, significantly increased agreement and endorsement of these policies. These findings are still in need of further study but prototypicality could offer new ways to create more inclusive work environments that increase retention of women in scientific fields.



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