Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Girls and women made significant progress in the sciences over the last two decades, particularly in medicine and the biological sciences. But women’s gains have stalledand in some cases erodedin engineering and computer sciences, despite effective new programs to increase women’s participation in these fields.

At a time when U.S. industry cannot fill the openings for technically advanced jobs, women are grossly underutilized. Equally important are the perspectives women bring to the sciences, often leading them to different decisions on allocating research dollars, targeting drug testing protocols, and developing technology to benefit communities.


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