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STEM Re-entry Programs

The Society of Women Engineers, in partnership with re-entry firm iRelaunch, are promoting employment opportunities within the STEM Re-entry Task Force initiative to female engineers who are interested in getting back to their technical careers. The 2017 Task Force white paper “An Intervention Strategy to Re-engage Women Engineers in the Workforce” demonstrates the value proposition […]

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Fortune 500 CEO’s

Though the Fortune 500 companies include numerous corporations outside of engineering, it is important to be aware of the lack of diversity among the highest levels of leadership across all industries. Diverse leaders are needed to serve as role models, mentors, and supporters of future leaders. The consistent scarcity of female and minority representation among […]

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National Academy of Engineering

The National Academy of Engineering (NAE) was established in 1964 to promote the engineering profession and marshal the expertise and insight of eminent engineers to provide independent advice to the federal government. It is a prestigious honor to be elected to this Academy. As of 2017, the NAE had 175 female members (U.S. and foreign, […]

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Engineering Deans

American Society for Engineering Education indicates that there are 368 engineering colleges in the United States. As of January 2017, there were 57 female engineering deans or directors across the country, representing approximately 15% of the total leaders of engineering colleges in the U.S. Download this data in PDF format  

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Job Outlook

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates a large need for engineers and computer-related employees over the next 10 years due to job growth and replacement of those leaving the workforce. To meet this demand for new engineers and computer/information scientists, it is necessary for our nation to promote these professions among underrepresented groups, including […]

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Earning Gap

In all engineering and computer occupations, the median earnings of females are less than those of males. The size of the gap varies by discipline, with female biomedical engineers having the smallest earnings cap (96% of male median earnings) and computer systems analysts having the largest earnings gap (85% of male median earnings). SWE Efforts […]

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Retention

Fewer females than males that earn an engineering degree end up working in the engineering profession, and more females than males leave the profession over time. Source: Corbett, C., & Hill, C. (2015). Solving the Equation: The Variables for Women’s Success in Engineering and Computing. Washington, DC: American Association of University Women. SWE Efforts to […]

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Employment

Over time, more females have entered STEM occupations. While the life sciences have seen an overall reduction in the gender gap, the percentage of women in engineering and computer science occupations has stagnated. Sources: Corbett, C., & Hill, C. (2015). Solving the Equation: The Variables for Women’s Success in Engineering and Computing. Washington, DC: American […]

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