In the US, it’s estimated that about 1m additional STEM graduates will be needed to fill jobs in science, technology, engineering and maths over the next 10 years, and these statistics show the key role that women will play in filling this gap.
Women are currently more likely than men to enrol in college in the US but, comparing older figures to more recent reports shows that women have become less likely to study STEM subjects at this level.
This has a knock-on effect on the STEM workforce. Women make up 46.7pc of the US workforce, but less than 25pc of those are working in STEM.
But there are benefits to women who choose a career in STEM. In the US, the gender wage gap is less dramatic in STEM careers, with women working in these areas earning 33pc more than their female counterparts in non-STEM jobs.
Many companies and organisations have developed initiatives to support women and young girls entering and exploring these fields, and this infographic from TechSchool.com takes a look at the various methods employed to encourage more women in STEM.
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Women Invent Tomorrow is Silicon Republic’s year-long campaign to champion the role of women in science, technology, engineering and maths