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Women in STEM: History & Statistics

In honor of Women’s History Month, we wanted to recognize the women in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) workforce. Here are a few key statistics that talk about the evolution of Women in STEM in recent years and inspirational quotes from women making an impact in the different industries.

“Though we do need more women to graduate with technical degrees, I always like to remind women that you don’t need to have science or technology degrees to build a career in tech.”

— Susan Wojcicki

You need to hire and develop great people. You need to set the vision and trust them to do the right thing. You need to let go of control. That’s wonderful for all involved because you’re empowering and trusting your people to do what’s right for the brand.

— Dr. Francis Allen

“If you are offered a seat on a rocket ship, don’t ask what seat! Just get on.”

— Sheryl Sandberg

“Humans are allergic to change. They love to say, ‘We’ve always done it this way.’ I try to fight that. That’s why I have a clock on my wall that runs counterclockwise.”

– Grace Hopper, pioneering computer scientist

“Don’t let anyone rob you of your imagination, your creativity, or your curiosity. It’s your place in the world; it’s your life. Go on and do all you can with it, and make it the life you want to live.”

– Mae Jemison

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  • “Within STEM, women comprised 44% of workers with a bachelor’s degree or higher (7 million workers) and 26% of those without a bachelor’s degree, or in the STW (5 million workers)” (National Science Foundation).
  • “Women represented about one-third of the STEM workforce (35%), and their wages were consistently lower than men’s (
  • “In 1970, women made up 38% of all U.S. workers and 8% of STEM workers. By 2019, the STEM proportion had increased to 27% and women made up 48% of all workers (United States Census Bureau).”
  • 43% of women said they had taken on more responsibility at work during the pandemic versus 33% of men (
  • “Women’s enrollment in STEM college course rises about 6% yearly (BigRentz).

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