What, if anything, can be done to increase and encourage female representation in hired STEM positions? For example, should female and other minority employees have input on your companies yearly class of interns or new hires? Do you think women are underrepresented in STEM because of societal standards or because we have to fight harder to get hired? Having a bit of a debate with a coworker over solutions.

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#1 solution is to pair working women in STEM with younger women either still in school trying to make a career decision or early in their careers and providing them with mentorship, advice and just someone to look up to. Hard to do since representation is already low, but it's most effective IMO.


I think part of it is society's standards/cultural standards. In my culture it was considered somewhat disrespectful or ungrateful that I didn't want to settle down and get married right after high school like I was told I should. My parents and family are proud of me now, but I would say if anything I was discouraged to pursue an engineering career.


It's a man's world, so there are more barriers to women in STEM. It would only be fair for women and minorities to have more say regarding new hires within organizations. We might see the needle move a little more regarding diversity and equity within the workplace.


In my little opinion I've had to work harder to be respected equally. And in some cases that wasn't even achievable to be respected. I have found very few women working as developers in my short career so there definitely needs to be something done to make the industry more comfortable for women. Mentorship is severely lacks from what I have expected.


Absolutely. In order to increase representation, we need women in positions of power to make that happen in the first place. I think we are underrepresented because we are still recovering from a time when a woman in STEM was unheard of (so, societal pressure/societal standards were and are a huge factor) and from bias and discrimination in hiring, in the workplace, and in education - which still exists, unfortunately, but is improving.


Has anyone on this thread seen the documentary on Netflix called Picture a Scientist? It dives deep into the systemic issues that contribute to the “leaky pipeline”. Society is good at pushing women and girls into the sciences but they’re not being retained. There is no way to address the issue but to speak honestly with other women in STEM about your experiences and be willing to establish committees and coalitions to call in companies to create initiatives that are centered around the experiences of women who bear the brunt of exclusion and workplace abuse which typically tend to be mothers and WOC. The benefit of that action is that by focusing on those who face the extremities of exclusion it would uproot the culture and system that all women have to subscribe to in order to survive and ascent in STEM. Support from non-WOC is critical to its success because simply placing any woman in positions of high authority in organizations is not enough, she has to be principled enough to move past the symbolism of her position to truly advocate for women’s visibility and credibility in STEM.


I am just glad my company is so particular about the talent and skills of the employees and not just gender or masculinity.

That is a really great questions. I think now more than ever STEM jobs are being talked about and women are being encouraged to apply. I think the best we can do is continue to network and have these conversations with women encouraing them to apply

I recently attended my little sisters graduation from her masters program. The ceremony was for several STEM programs and the graduates were largely women. What I’m trying to say is that there’s a lot of women studying STEM, but maybe perhaps less remains in it throughout their careers?

This is a multifold question that has many many answers. I think it's great that this is an open conversation being had at work. You may need to understand the intern hiring process (it could be much different than full-time hires). Do they select interns based on location (local) or from anywhere? Do the students know the company and possibilities of professional development and career progression at the company? *If you work at Deloitte, I honestly didn't know that they hired engineers until my friend was selected for one of their programs.*

Something can be done for womens' entry and retention in STEM fields. I think this includes women's support groups, collaboration groups, exposure programs, mentorship programs, etc. Just think, "As a woman in STEM, what would have made my experience better throughout education and career? How would those things benefit new employees and the next generation?"

Lean in: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead... by Sheryl Sandberg - the author dives into societal, cultural, familial, and internal (self-doubt, etc.) reasons as to why women don't pursue leadership which also apply to STEM.

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