In a recent report delivered by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economics & Statistics Administration (ESA), there are still few women who hold STEM-related undergraduate degrees. Less than 25 percent of STEM-related job force consist of women – who earn 33 percent more than women who have non-STEM jobs. This report also reflects the data released by colleges in different states, which shows that female students only make up around 20 to 30 percent of the student population.
Source: Daily Scot
Katia Passerini, dean of the Albert Dorman Honors College at Newark’s NJ Institute of Technology, notes that there is still plenty of room for improvement for colleges offering S T E M undergraduate degrees for women. According to her, plenty of women are more likely to enroll themselves in biology in the Honors College.
Source: The White House
Reports have also shown that there are fewer women who take an interest in engineering (especially in electrical and mechanical engineering). Susan Metz, executive director of Diversity and Inclusion at Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, encourages women to apply in engineering, science, business, technology programs every summer to give them preparation for S T E M majors. Metz said, “Women are involved in so many things now that they should have the same opportunities as men to pursue S T E M-related majors and, now, they do.” Other women in S T E M careers also encourage young women to focus on programming and networking among other women.
Source: The Australian
With women making names for themselves in different fields, it’s about time that they do the same in pursuing STEM degrees and careers