Churchill Master, Dame Athene Donald, will be speaking about the way gender stereotypes damage innovation at the Hay Festival on Thursday 1 June

Her talk will explore the way in which cultural messages fix attitudes as to what boys and girls can ‘do’ in children as young as six, and the way in which this impacts on, for example, the number of women in STEM subjects and men in professions traditionally carried out by women. Since innovation relies on diverse perspectives, it is necessarily stifled by this stereotyping.

You can book to attend the event on the Hay website:

Book to see the Master at the Hay Festival

Dame Athene’s talk forms part of the Cambridge Series at the Festival, giving festival-goers an insight into some of the research being carried out at the University. This partnership between Cambridge and Hay is now in its 9th year as part of the University’s public engagement programme. The full list of other Cambridge speakers can be found here.

You can read an interview with the Master ahead of her appearance on the Baillie Gifford website, sponsors of the Festival:

Interview with Dame Athene Donald