Let’s not forget that March is Women’s History Month, despite the COVID-19 spread. This month is a time to focus on women worldwide — their year-round achievements, daily lives, and global effects. Women’s contributions remain steady despite changes in politics and social movements.
Workplace progress has come a long way, but there is still a long way to go. Women in STEM, in particular, are making significant progress and transforming an underrepresented environment.
Compared to men, the number of women in science, technology, engineering, and math is relatively poor. However, the percentages are gradually rising. STEM females would gradually surpass STEM males due to increased inclusion and knowledge, ushering in a new age of equality.
Half of the world’s population and workers are women. However, women make up just 28% of scientists and engineers. This figure is broken down further by race, with black, Hispanic, and Native American women accounting for less than 11% of the science and engineering workforce.
STEM is a rapidly expanding sector, which necessitates an increase in the number of female workers. Women in technology, on the other hand, face many challenges in their lives and careers. Girls may develop an interest in STEM in early childhood, but social norms lead them to believe it is a boy’s or man’s area. This phenomenon may be due to a lack of diversity in STEM fields. Young women may not be able to have
This problem persists in early childhood education, higher education, and the workplace. Just 6.1 percent of all bachelor’s degrees in engineering were awarded to women of color in 2018. Women make up just 13% of engineers and 26% of computer scientists in the workforce.
The exclusion and inequality in this area set off a chain reaction. Since there are fewer women in STEM, there is a shortage of representation, which discourages young girls from pursuing careers.
The representation of women in STEM fields is not equal to that of men. Women’s accomplishments, on the other hand, are. However, STEM corporations and culture as a whole under represent these accomplishments. The field is expanding, and women are playing an increasingly important role.
Bridging the divide is one of the many steps that society must take together to ensure wage and opportunity equity in all sectors. STEM careers, in particular, require more steps than others. Since STEM occupations pay better than other professions, there’s no excuse why women shouldn’t be paid equally to men and have plenty of opportunities.
The STEM field will become a level playing field for citizens of all genders with more equality around the board and better pay. Young girls who want to work in STEM fields will not be discouraged when they get older.
Girls Who Code Ceo and Founder Reshma Saujani who runs the nonprofit organization that uses coding to teach girls courage and bravery while closing the gender gap in technology. Saujani worked as an attorney and activist before entering politics as the first Indian American woman to run for Congress. Until founding Girls Who Code in 2012, she worked as the Deputy Public Advocate for New York City and ran a successful campaign for Public Advocate.
Reshma Saujani is the writer of three books, including “Women Who Don’t Wait In Line,” “Brave, Not Perfect,” and “Girls Who Code CEO,” which was a New York Times Bestseller. Her goal is to give girls and women the tools they need to be courageous rather than perfect.
Teachers, students, and others must work together to improve the future of women in STEM. Women’s representation requires inclusivity messages as well. Teachers should inspire young girls to enroll in STEM courses and help them realize that everyone can succeed in this area.
Finally, schools, colleges, and universities should determine the number of female faculty members and the dynamics of their representation. Industry leaders should also hire more women and introduce fair pay policies, as well as parental leave.
Countless members of society will work together to make the world a better place by taking these steps. You don’t get the whole picture if you look at it from one perspective. Companies want to recruit new employees because they can bring new ideas to the table, question the status quo, and develop new ways based on their unique experiences.
Women will use their diverse lived experiences to develop innovative new ways to innovate and think about solutions to issues that others would not consider if more women enter the industry.