Saffron Walden Mp Kemi Badenoch calls for women to "think out of the box" on International Women's Day

PUBLISHED: 08:44 08 March 2019

Kemi Badenoch, MP for Saffron Walden.

Kemi Badenoch, MP for Saffron Walden.


MP Kemi Badenoch has called for young women to "defy steryeotypes" when choosing their future careers.

Speaking ahead of International Women’s Day today, Mrs Badenoch stressed how important it is for women to embark on careers in science and technology.

Mrs Badenoch said: “The theme of this year’s International Women’s Day is #BalanceforBetter. A campaign to see more gender-balanced Governments, boardrooms, media coverage, and employees.

Encouraging more women to consider a career in Parliament is one of my objectives as Vice-Chair for Candidates for the Conservative Party. This involves helping them overcome the obstacles that prevent them from doing so, including sometimes their own personal assumptions about what the job of a member of parliament entails. However, politics is not the only area where women could be better represented.”

She went on: “As an engineer, I also know how important it is for more women to choose a career in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM). These subjects not only offer opportunities in some of the most interesting and diverse jobs in the world, they teach invaluable life-skills, such as problem-solving, creativity and resilience.

That is why I supported Stansted Airport inviting 55 female students from Forest Hall School in Stansted to visit the Aerozone on the International Day of Women and Girls in Science earlier this month. I am pleased that so many companies like Stansted Airport are doing their bit to change the perception of STEM and to get more women to consider a career in these subjects.”

Finally, Mrs Badenoch added: “I hope that on this International Women’s Day, both young men and young women will think out of the box when it comes to their future employment and defy stereotypes to enjoy rewarding career paths.”

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