Until recently little intention had been paid in Russia to the topic of gender segregation in areas of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics). However, the subject has been discussed widely in Europe and in other parts of the world. The aim of this article was to reveal the present state of gender segregation in Russia, to present data to compare with the European Union and to propose a solution for gender equality based on developing a good command of English. A survey carried out for this research involved students from a technical university and professionals from industrial enterprises, so as to elicit information from all levels of STEM in Russia. The results suggest that a combination of technical expertise and English language skills provide a good base for education, career development and the empowerment of women.