Inspiring women into design

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Inspiring women into design

New analysis by the Design Museum reveals that women are underrepresented in the UK design workforce. ONS figures show that as of March 2018 only 22% of those working in occupations associated with design were women. This represents an increase of only 4% since 2004, when only 18% of those employed in the design industry were women.
At A-Level, girls currently make up almost 70% of entrants for design-heavy subjects but this uptake does not feed through to the design workforce where women continue to remain underrepresented.
Design-related jobs where women are underrepresented include architects, civil engineers, town planners, software designers fashion and product designers and more.
The Design Museum’s first high profile event to address gender representation in design takes place on the 7th and 8th December. ‘Women Design’ is a two-day programme of talks hosted by curator Libby Sellers featuring leading architects Farshid Moussavi andOdile Decq, graphic designers Marina Willer and Frith Kerr, a keynote from leading urban sociologist Saskia Sassen, and a pre-recorded lecture by Denise Scott Browncommissioned by the Sir John Soane’s Museum, and many more.

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