Wanted: Women in STEM - An Exploration of Influential Factors, Their Professional Journey & Ways to Foster Change | Presented by: 451 Research & WITI (Women in Technology International)

WITI (Women in Technology International) and 451 Research partnered to better understand the impact of gender in the workplace, specifically in the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields.

The survey was conducted in April/May 2016 and completed by 1,100 respondents, who are members of the WITI organization. Participants were asked about early life decisions and influences, mentoring and support, career choices and experiences, and opinions on the underrepresentation of women in STEM.

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Pipeline Starts Early: Exposure in grade school makes a stronger connection, helping to develop confidence and retain interest.

Parents in STEM: the importance of exposing young girls to STEM outside of the home via school and their community is crucial.

In 2011, the US Department of Commerce reported that growth in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) jobs was three times as fast as growth in non-STEM jobs from 2000-2010. In turn, organizations are challenged by the disproportion of supply and demand.

Couple this with the growing spotlight on the underrepresentation of women in STEM, and we have a perfect storm resulting in a need to get more women in STEM, understand women’s choices better and support change to make it happen. Women in Technology International (WITI) and 451 Research partnered to do just that.

Mentoring Does the STEM Brain Good: Mentoring is associated with greater career satisfaction, career growth and professional development.

Career Advancement Gap: Women in STEM want what all employees want - advancement opportunities and competitive pay.

Career Satisfaction: Obstacles remain, however the majority of women in STEM are satisfied with their jobs and optimistic about the future.

Work Still to be Done: Many are unsure of the careers in STEM for a variety of reasons.

View the Survey Responses from the Women in STEM Survey Below:

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