By Helen Klus

Helen Klus is an astrophysics PhD student at the University of Southampton in the UK, specialising in binary star systems containing neutron stars. She has a background in physics and philosophy and currently runs the science blog The Star Garden.

  1. Women are massively under-represented in physics and other STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects, at all levels, firstly I will explain why this matters, then I will discuss what we can do about it. What's the problem? In the UK, female students made up about 20% of all those studying A-level physics (a qualification which is needed for most university level physics courses.) More worryingly, almost half of schools have no female students who continue to study…

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