Solving the Equation: The Variables for Women’s Success in Engineering and Computing

More than ever before in history, girls are studying and excelling in science and mathematics. Yet the dramatic increase in girls’ educational achievements in scientific and mathematical subjects has not been matched by similar increases in the representation of women working as engineers and computing professionals. Women made up just 26 percent of computing professionals in 2013, a substantially smaller portion than 30 years ago and about the same percentage as in 1960. In engineering, women are even less well represented, making up just 12 percent of working engineers in 2013.

The representation of women in engineering and computing occupations matters. Diversity in the workforce contributes to creativity, productivity, and innovation. Women’s experiences—along with men’s experiences—should inform and guide the direction of engineering and technical innovation. The United States simply can’t afford to ignore the perspectives of half the population in future
engineering and technical designs.

This report is from the American Association of University Women (AAUW). The link goes to a webpage where you can download the full report.

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