Women in Data Analytics and Healthcare

In the current landscape of data analytics and healthcare, women remain underrepresented, despite their evident expertise and contributions. From streamlining healthcare operations to implementing data-driven strategies, women are making significant contributions, all while challenging gender disparities in the field. As a company who specialise in healthcare analytics and evaluation, we have a unique advantage that allows us to witness firsthand the gender disparities in women’s health, the broader healthcare sector, and within data analytics. These disparities signify the urgency of addressing gender equality in these industries, a cause Unity Insights fully supports.


The current climate

Women make up 50% of the UK population, however there are clear disparities in data analytics, data science, research, and healthcare employees.

  • 20% of data analysts are women. [1]
  • 18% of data scientists are women. [2]
  • 33% of researchers are women, 12% of members of national science academies are women. [3]
  • 70% of healthcare staff are women, but only 25% hold senior leadership roles. [4]

It is clear that women are underrepresented in these roles, but hopefully in the future this gap will close as the gender split is slowly closing over time in women studying STEM degrees at university. [5]


Women at Unity Insights

Gender disparities in data analytics and healthcare are not just women’s issues; they are everyone’s concern. Unity Insights is committed to driving change, advocating for a more inclusive industry that values diversity and empowers women to reach their full potential. Our commitment goes beyond the analytical and evaluative aspects of healthcare, as we strive to foster a supportive and equitable environment. In fact, over 40% of our company identify as women, which is double the average for employees in the analytics sector. Women in our company are invaluable contributors, bringing a diverse range of skills, perspectives, and expertise that enrich our team and drive our success. Their dedication, leadership, and innovation play a pivotal role in shaping our dynamic and thriving workplace.


What is being done about women’s health?

The 2022 Women’s Health Strategy [6] created by the government marked a significant milestone in addressing the healthcare needs and challenges faced by women. With a focus on inclusivity, this comprehensive framework aimed to promote gender equality in healthcare, increase the public’s education, and empower women to make informed decisions about their health. The strategy aimed to reduce health disparities and enhance the overall well-being of women in society and was a crucial step in advancing women’s healthcare and promoting their equal participation in all aspects of life.


What are we working on?

Currently, Unity Insights are working with Kent, Surrey, Sussex Health Innovation Network in relation to the aforementioned 2022 Women’s Health Strategy to investigate female health inequalities within Sussex. This evaluation focuses on uncovering insights to transform public health. We investigate disparities in healthcare access and patient outcomes within Sussex, identifying areas for intervention and shaping targeted policies. This research aims to bridge healthcare gaps and promote a more equitable healthcare landscape. Moreover, our study on women’s health seeks to improve well-being by addressing gender-specific conditions and related factors. The fundamental learnings from our evaluation will help to inform tailored interventions, policies, and treatments, fostering a more inclusive and equitable healthcare system.


The importance of women in our fields

Women in analytics and healthcare are breaking down stereotypical gender roles and contributing to pivotal societal advancements. Their active presence in these fields challenges stereotypes, fosters diversity, and drives progress. Additionally, having women in healthcare leadership roles is crucial as it ensures that diverse perspectives and gender-specific insights are integrated into healthcare policies and practices, leading to more effective strategies in addressing and reducing health inequalities in women’s health. Female role models inspire the next generation, empowering women to embrace these leadership roles. Women are at the forefront of groundbreaking research, innovative healthcare solutions, and advocacy for gender equality, ultimately ensuring more inclusive and equitable industries.



[1] Women in Data (Women in Data, 2023)

[2] Women in Data Science and AI (The Alan Turing Institute, 2023)

[3] International Day of Women and Girls in Science (United Nations, 2023)

[4] Inspiring change: women’s leadership in health care is vital during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond (WHO, 2021)

[5] How is the current STEM gender bias (Imperial College London, 2022)

[6] Women’s Health Strategy for Engand (GOV.UK, 2022)


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