WIM at #STEMintheCity: FS remains at the forefront in overcoming gender stereotypes

19 April 2021

April, the month of STEM: with Women in Motion, the FS Italiane Group takes part in #STEMintheCity, the initiative promoted by the City of Milan – in collaboration with important public and private sectors and the support of the United Nations Organisation – to disseminate the culture of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) and to overcome the cultural stereotypes that lead girls away from the paths of studying technical-scientific subjects.

Two webinars have been organised this month by Women in Motion (WIM), the FS Italiane project that aims to raise awareness amongst young students on issues regarding the gender gap in technical professions.

Organised by WIM, the Open Day has been set for Tuesday, 20 April from 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm, with the participation of about 90 students from six high schools in the Venetian hinterland, together with their families and teachers.

During the meeting, in addition to the FS best practices, the focus will be on gender imbalance in technical professions due to the presence of stereotypes and what can be done to overcome them. The WIM project mentors will also speak at the webinar, where the head of train circulation, a train conductor and a civil engineer will talk about their own experiences.

The aim of the meeting is to raise awareness amongst girls in the early years of high school, to offer them adequate tools to make choices free from prejudices and stereotypes, opening windows on the world of FS and its technical trades. Of great importance is the involvement of parents, who play a fundamental role in building a culture of inclusion and equal opportunities for study and careers for the women of today and tomorrow.

Scheduled for 30 April is the second appointment, reserved for students of the G. Ferraris Higher Secondary Education Institute in Naples: a webinar dedicated to more senior high school students, in line with the numerous school guidance activities that Women in Motion has been conducting since 2017, both in person and online.