Are you ready for the cold, hard stats about women in STEM?
According to the Office of the Chief Economist and its report titled "STEM Jobs: 2017 Update," although women do continue to infiltrate the job market, they are still underrepresented in STEM jobs and among STEM degree holders.
The report found that:
- Women filled 47 percent of all U.S. jobs in 2015 but held only 24 percent of STEM jobs.
- Women make up only 25 percent of college-educated STEM workers.
- Women with STEM jobs earned 35 percent more than comparable women in non-STEM jobs.
- Women with STEM jobs also earned 40 percent more than men with non-STEM jobs.
- Women make up only about 30 percent of all STEM degree holders.
While the gender wage gap is smaller in STEM jobs than in non-STEM jobs, we must continue to spotlight the inspiring women who are making strides in technology and redefining STEM. Why? Because the more we talk about these incredible, intelligent women and the louder we sing their praises, the more young girls will hear us, and the more they'll realize there's a whole world out there they might just fit perfectly into.
Ahead, get inspired by 20 amazing women.
A version of this article was originally published in October 2015.