It’s a fairly well-known fact that women are underrepresented in the worlds of science, technology, engineering, and math. Some progress has definitely been made, so let’s see where the statistics stand today.
Women make up three out of four employees in the field of healthcare sciences today. This shows a slight increase from the 72 percent represented in 1990.
Life sciences (47 percent)
Women make up 47 percent of science fields relating to humans, animals and plants, compared to the 34 percent represented in 1990. These fields include biotechnology, clinical research, genomics and immunology.
Math (46 percent)
Women fill 46 percent of the jobs in math, like accounting, finance, economics. In 1990, women represented 43 percent.
Physical sciences (39 percent)
Women hold 39 percent of the careers in the sciences of non-living things. This is in contrast to the 22 percent represented 20 years ago.
Women fill only 25 percent of computer science jobs. Back in 1990, women represented 32 percent of the computer science workforce. The number of women in computing has decreased even though the number of computing jobs has increased.
Women only represent 16 percent of the engineering workforce, a slight gain from 1990 where they accounted for 12 percent.
Let’s make a change in STEM!
Encourage girls to pursue their love of science, technology, engineering, and math! You never know, they might just end up changing the world.
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