Women in STEM Education & Careers
In the U.S. today there is a well documented need for highly
skilled workers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) careers.
Of particular concern is the growing need for technician level workers. The current
STEM workforce is comprised largely of men – 73% vs. 27% - with female racial and
ethnic minorities comprising only 6.9% of the workforce. While some businesses and
professional organizations have identified the recruitment of women to the field as
a solution to the demands for worker capacity, the problem of women’s persistent
underrepresentation in STEM careers requires a multi-faceted problem-solving approach.
CWGCS is aware of the importance of effective pipelines to STEM careers.
Through research on best practices in educational programs that recruit girls
into nontraditional education and career programs, and building partnerships
and collaborations with girl-serving organizations from the Capital Region and
across the state, we are working to build a STEM equity pipeline that addresses
and serves the needs of women and girls.