WHER Chat: Gender Gaps in STEM Across the World

According to the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR), median annual earnings for women in STEM fields are $64,000 versus $78,000 for men, and women are only three in 10 of STEM workers. There is a discernible gender gap certain high-tech jobs in the United States. For instance, women accounted for less than 20 percent of those employed in these positions in 2017. In particular, women made up 18.7 percent of software developers, applicants and systems software positions; 4.2 percent of computer network architects; and 8.9 percent of aerospace engineers. 

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Highest-Paying Jobs & Companies in 2019

Job-listing site Glassdoor just released their list of the Highest-Paying Jobs and Highest-Paying Companies in 2019. It might not come as a shock that the highest-paying jobs are in healthcare: Physician, Pharmacy Manager and Dentist, which require many years of schooling, were ranked as the top highest-paying career choices. The median base salary for a Physician is $193,415, $144,768 for a Pharmacy Manager and $142,478 for a Dentist. 

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WHER Chat: The State of Women and Girls in STEM

The National Girls Collaborative Project presents statistics on their website on the state of girls’ involvement in STEM through primary education – from kindergarten through high school, from an analysis of data from 2016 National Science Foundation reports. Here are some of their main findings regarding differences in STEM involvement for female students compared to their male counterparts. Students regardless of sex, race or ethnicity, enrolled in lower level science courses in 2012 at similar rates. However, students with less-educated parents or with lower socioeconomic status were less likely to take these courses. 

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WHER Chat: Supporting Girls’ Interests in STEM with a Growth Mindset

One well-supported reason for why there is a lower representation of women in the AI sector is that not many girls are encouraged to pursue STEM. Therefore, their interest in science and technology fields will quickly fade if that passion is not nourished with opportunity. According to a Microsoft survey, young women in Europe report that their interest in STEM began around age 11 or 12, but faltered when they reached the ages of 15 and 16. 

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