Parity has been established in response to the lack of, well, parity, that we as female entrepreneurs have encountered throughout our careers.
To counter this, we are establishing residential academic courses to support young women aged 15 - 17 to achieve their potential. Through our courses, and alumni group, will build a network of motivated young women who have the confidence to action their ideas, and support each others' successes.
Parity's courses will be managed and taught by an all-female team. Our academic tutors are experts and pioneers in their fields delivering courses that combine both academic study with vocational skills, such as public speaking and entrepreneurship. Learn more.
Each of the courses that we offer are designed with career futures in mind. In 2021 we will be offering:
- Engineering - a multi-disciplinary discipline which is seriously misunderstood, and in which women are significantly under-represented. Less that 13% of engineers are female in the UK
- Law - in the UK, only 16.6% of QCs are women and the gender pay gap in the Ministry of Justice has actually increased in 2020. This course explores critical analysis, case studies and the foundations of the judiciary.
- Leadership - women make up only 27% of managerial positions in the world, and are awarded less than half of the bonuses of their male counterparts. This course combines entrepreneurship with leadership skills such as presenting.
- Medicine - only 28% of academic medical positions are held by women. Medicine is about more that white coats and stethoscopes and this course outlines the full range of career options open to medics.
- Writing & Publishing - this course explores the creative life cycle of books, from writing, to editing, to publishing, as well as the range of writing forms that are often overlooked, such as screenwriting - only 16% of screenwriters for UK films are women.
The money we raise through crowdfunding will be put towards the scholarships that we award to young students who would otherwise be unable to attend. In 2021, we aim for 20% of the places that we offer to be partly or fully funded through scholarships to ensure that young women are able to take part in the opportunities we offer, no matter what their backgrounds.