Closing the gender gap in STEM

Lorin Rumberger ’14 first learned about the gender gap in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields when she was a student at Gettysburg College.

According to statistics released by the National Science Foundation in 2016, women make up 29% of the workforce across these industries, despite being half of the college-educated workforce.

Within each industry, the numbers can be even worse. In computer sciences, for example, women account for one in four employees.

Studies point to a variety of factors that lead to these dismal numbers—including gender stereotypes, peer pressure, blatant discrimination, and a lack of support, representation, or accessibility.

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