Women in STEM Statistics
It is widely known that women in the STEM fields are underrepresented, but the statistics surrounding the topic are staggering. For example, did you know a survey done by the Girl Scouts found 50% of girls think STEM isn't a normal career path for them? Did you know only 13% of all engineering employees are women, in the U.S.A., or that according to the University of Virginia only 18% to 20% of engineering students are female?
At all ages, it is important to support females to pursue any dreams they might have, especially ones that a positive impact in their work life and economy. Women in STEM earn around 35% more than non-STEM workers; and enabling women to meet their full potential in work could add as much as $28 trillion to annual GDP in 2025.
Unfortunately, the lack of representation and equality in the field drives women to abandon their STEM careers as early as the second year of college education. According to the Society of Women Engineers, SWE, over 32% of women who start a STEM degree program will abandon it, and of those who graduate, only 30% will make a long term career, 20+ years, in the field.
Below, we have added a facts sheet with other statistics you might find interesting.
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