We recently caught up with Molly Evans, who works as the Head of Data and Insight at media agency Ello, to discuss gender representation in data, how this has impacted her career, and her thoughts on the future of women in STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) jobs.


What change are you hoping to see in the next 12 months?

There’s a lot of brilliant work that centres around coaching and mentoring women in STEM, but I’d also love to see more focus on how we can make organisations themselves more accessible and inclusive for a diverse workforce. The pandemic has disrupted so much of what we previously took for granted about how we live and work - I’m hopeful this creates some opportunities for 2021 to rethink and challenge the ways we’ve previously done things.

Could you recommend any reading for people who want to learn more about gender diversity in data?

Invisible Women by Caroline Criado Perez is a good introduction to gender data gaps, or “exposing data bias in a world designed for men” as it says on the cover. I’m currently reading Data Feminism by Catherine D'Ignazio and Lauren F. Klein which was recommended to me by a friend - it’s intersectional and well-structured with some clearly actionable points.

Thank you Molly!


Do you have any recommendations to encourage others to learn about gender equality and diversity? Or any schemes to encourage women to take up STEM roles? Please let us know!

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