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10 Reasons Women Struggle in STEM

Over the past few decades, women have made amazing progress in higher education, now making up more than 57% of college students. Yet that progress hasn’t been distributed evenly over all majors. Women still only comprise a very small percentage of students in STEM majors and hold an even smaller number of STEM jobs in academia. Read more

Why Aren’t There More Women in STEM?

Girls and boys take math and science courses in roughly equal numbers from elementary school through high school, but far fewer women pursue science and engineering majors in college. Why? Read more

Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM)

Most STEM (science, technology, engineering, or math) fields are dominated by men. That makes these fields an excellent career choice for women! Read more

Why Do We Need Women in STEM Fields?

Attracting and retaining more women in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) workforce will maximize innovation, creativity, and competitiveness. Read more

Why So Few? (2010)

In an era when women are increasingly prominent in medicine, law and business, why are there so few women scientists and engineers? A new research report by AAUW presents compelling evidence that can help to explain this puzzle. Read more

The lack of underrepresented minorities in STEM

Despite the benefits of pursuing study in these areas, underrepresented minorities (URMs)—African Americans, Hispanics, and Native Americans—represent less than 10% of college graduates working in science and engineering occupations. Read more

Recruiting minorities to STEM requires a focused effort

Creating affinity among diverse populations on a college campus is about “brokering relationships,” according to Donald McCoy, who spent one-third of his 30 years with IBM working on outreach programs to increase diversity. Read more

The STEPS Difference: 16 Years of Attracting Girls to Careers in STEM

A one week introduction to the world of manufacturing for 7th grade girls by the University of Wisconsin-Stout.

Best Practices For Attracting Girls to STEM

This article discusses the participation of women in engineering degrees and recommends best practices for increasing the number of women in STEM.

 Improving the Participation of Women in STEM

Describes a project that exploits the unique educational environment of the College of Saint Benedict (CSB) as a means of providing controlled inoculation against, and exposure to, the societal and environmental pressures that discourage women in mathematics, physics and computer science.