Most girls in Europe become interested in STEAM subjects at around age 11. But at 15, they begin to lose interest in these same areas. At 16, only 25 percent of girls asked to draw a picture of a scientist depict a woman.

So what’s going on? The reason most frequently cited by young women for not pursuing a STEAM career is the lack of female role odels in those areas.

The MAPFRE Women’s Leadership Network is committed to promoting STEAM careers (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics). This commitment manifests itself internally through the identification of women in these disciplines and the design of specific professional career development plans for them. Externally, awareness is created within society about the shortage of women in these areas, and a number of initiatives are executed to encourage schoolgirls to consider a career in one of these disciplines.

To mark International Women’s Day, five MAPFRE employees reflect on what led them to choose a STEAM career, what roles models influenced them and what advice they would give to young women considering one of these professions.

This video is the last piece in a series of six that MAPFRE launched on social networks during the week of March 2-8 with the aim of commemorating International Women’s Day on March 8 in a different way: giving voice to women working in MAPFRE and, specifically, in STEAM areas.

Gender equality is the fifth Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) of the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, to which MAPFRE is committed.