WHAT IT IS
- Women make up about two-thirds of college students yet are underrepresented in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields.
- According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, STEM occupations pay above average and are growing faster than other industries.
- There has been more attention on diversifying the workplace for STEM careers in order to better reflect society and keep our industries competitive and fair.
WHY IT MATTERS
The debate about women’s rights has grown even stronger following the presidential election. Advocates aspire to close the gender gap in these fields as well as the gender pay gap. According to recent data, 26 of the top 30 highest paying careers are dominated by men.
WHERE WE ARE NOW
- Former President Obama made advancing STEM careers a priority, including outreach to girls, and started a yearly White House Science Fair. The Trump administration will continue this event.
- President Trump signed two bills promoting marketing jobs in the STEM fields to women.
- Google was recently criticized after the Department of Labor revealed the company pays female employees less than males.
THINGS TO THINK ABOUT
- Are programs targeted to encourage females to pursue STEM careers fair to male students?
- Are women really just choosing to go with their passions, which may not be STEM fields?
- Should the gender gap be tackled before the STEM career gap?