Rt Hon Theresa May MP joined forces with Adobe’s Girls in Tech Summit last week to raise awareness of the visibility of technology among young women.

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The Home Secretary visited the tech giant’s European headquarters in Maidenhead as part of its broader Adobe & Women initiative. The summit included talks and workshops from Adobe’s senior leadership team and May who spent the day encouraging girls aged 13-15 to consider science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) careers.

The summit was attended by students from Windsor Girls’ School, Newlands Girls’ School and Rooks Heath College.

“It’s fantastic to be involved in the Adobe & Women initiative and be part of this drive to inspire the next generation of women to pursue the broad range of rewarding STEM-based careers that are available to them, but they may not know about,” said May.

“There is an under-representation of women in STEM-related careers and events like this are key if we are to overcome the barriers which stop many young girls from pursuing a STEM career.”

May said the government is committed to encouraging further diversity in technology and to attracting top young female talent to Maidenhead’s local businesses where she is a local MP.

Karina Garcia-Casil, director, business operations and UK/EMEA Adobe & Women lead said: “As a global software company, Adobe understands the benefits of having a strong gender balance and we’re committed to maintaining gender equality within the business.

“We have a role to play in raising awareness of the huge opportunity technology can provide girls, young women and empower those from our local community to pursue STEM-based careers. We’re thrilled to have Theresa May here as part of this journey and have really have enjoyed welcoming local schools to the event.”