Women have been earning more than 50% of the degrees in some STEM PhD subjects for many years, yet the numbers reflected in leadership in academia and industry fail to reflect these advances. There are a variety of reasons women slowly leak out of the pathway to leadership, including bias, lack of promotion opportunities, lack of recognition, and lack of mentors and sponsors. Merely encouraging more girls to pursue careers in STEM will not solve the problems women currently face, greater proactive interventions are required.
Investing in Women in STEM: Because Girls Grow Up
It's not just that we don't have enough girls going in STEM fields like engineering and computer science where women's representation remains low; it's that they are going into a broken system, one based on a paradigm from the 1950s where men with stay-at-homes wives are most likely to succeed. This isn't just an issue affecting women and girls; it is part of a much bigger concern about meeting the future needs of our workforce.Read more about it
The Cost of Attrition of Female Faculty Members – It’s Cheaper to Keep Her
The pressure is on universities and colleges to build up their departments into diverse, prestigious, top-performing entities. This has become quite a challenge in the current environment of tight budgets and waning state funding support. It is in an institution’s best interest to recruit and then retain a diverse and talented faculty.
Read why it's more cost-effective to retain women
AWIS Webinar: PhD Productivity and Diversity
Women, Minorities, and Persons with Disabilities in Science and Engineering
Women, Minorities, and Persons with Disabilities in Science and Engineering provides statistical information about the participation of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities in science and engineering education and employment. A formal report, now in the form of a digest, is issued every 2 years.
NSF Database on Women, Minorities, and Persons with Disabilities in Science and Engineering
AWIS Fact Sheet on Women and Underrepresented Groups