Dr Geraldine Kaye was only the joint-13th woman to qualify as an actuary in the UK. She tells the story of how, on one occasion, she tried to call a ‘lady actuary’ at another insurance company but was told that they didn’t keep ladies phone numbers at reception. Eventually, on insisting that she be put through, they found a directory listing for ‘Secretary to Ms Actuary’. That this story sounds so implausible today shows just how much the status of women in the workplace has improved.
Today women make up 27% of total membership of the Actuarial Profession and this is increasing, as 35% of current actuarial students are female, although it is reflective of the national trend that fewer girls go into professions involving maths and science.