March 19, 2015

Reaching the Full Potential of STEM for Women and the U.S. Economy

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) are essential to the U.S. economy and to sustainable long-term economic growth. STEM education and STEM employment are both crucial. The demand for STEM workers in the United States across industries is expected to grow faster than other occupations in the next decade. Women account for half of the labor force, yet they account for only one-quarter of core STEM jobs. Although the participation rates of women in STEM education and occupations have been rising over the past decades, women are still underrepresented in the core STEM fields.

The Center for Women in Business' latest report examines the participation of women in STEM education and occupations over the past decades in the United States. It also provides insights from a survey of leading experts in academia, government agencies, private companies, and nonprofit organizations to identify ways to attract women to STEM fields.

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