According to Creative Skillset, women only accounted for 36% of employees in the creative industries in 2015. When you narrow it down to specific industries, the statistics are even worse - for example, less than a quarter of animators are female, and only 14% of the games industry’s workforce are women. So how can we make sure that creative opportunities for women are readily available to make sure they don't get left behind?


POW!Thanet is a Thanet-wide celebration of International Women's Day running from the day itself, 8 March to 13 March. This festival is dedicated to bringing the creative work of women to a wider audience, and the programme includes plays, exhibitions and also workshops in coding, identity and culture. Several of the events are for women only.


The Southbank Centre in London is also hosting a festival for International Women's Day - Women of the World (WOW) which runs from 8 - 13 March. Like POW!, WOW includes workshops and performances showcasing female artists and opportunities to network with other women from all over the world. Check out the full programme here.

These festivals are fantastic opportunities to raise awareness, however the problem exists all year around. Outside of International Women's Day events, there are organisations helping to boost the profiles of women in the creative industries, such as SheSays, who host networking events, awards and also have a mentoring scheme specifically for women.


Meanwhile, a new mentoring scheme supported by the Women of the Future programme has just been launched specifically to support women students in the creative industries. University Women in the Arts is worth investigating for any female student at any level of university study - the selected students will be provided with mentoring on how to work in and become a leader in the arts, covering advice on leadership skills, careers, work/life balance, how to succeed at university and beyond, finances, how the arts work, how to make the transition from studying to working and other advice. Hopefully this is just the beginning of schemes designed to help those under-represented in the creative industries.

These are just a few of the opportunities available. Keep an eye on the UCASU Creative Opportunities Twitter throughout the week for more creative opportunities for women.

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