One in Five Women Hold Jobs in Science And Technology

According to a new study, women hold one in five jobs in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields.

The study, conducted by the University of Michigan and the New York Stem Cell Foundation, also found women make up 50% of students studying in STEM subjects, but tend to decrease in numbers in those fields in the workforce. 

Globally, only 20% of women are full-time professors, 30% are associate professors, while 40% of women make up the assistant professor jobs.

After collecting data from more than 500 academic and professional institutions worldwide, the study concluded that institutions are failing to retain women and promote them into positions of power and influence, with only 38% of institutions supporting paid family leave and 77% having no policies to support gender equality in committees. 

Susan L. Solomon, who heads the New York Stem Cell Foundation, said in a statement that when women are prevented from reaching their full potential, the entire field suffers. She added, “We need 100% of available brainpower to make the biggest impact and move research forward as quickly as possible.”

The Realist Woman’s take:

What this story clearly states is that when women go into the workforce in the STEM fields, they don’t receive the support they need if and when they start families and promotions and positions of leadership are scarce. If women were supported in their personal lives and held decision making positions, they’d be much more likely to stay in those fields. 

We need all hands on deck if we’re going to cure diseases, develop innovative ways to help our climate crisis, come up with the next breakthrough in technology and so on. Men dominate science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, not because men are more capable of excelling in those fields versus that of women, but because they purposely work to keep women from thriving in those spaces. This is clearly gender discrimination.