Data gathered by Project Include in 2018, indicates that men still outnumber women in a majority of tech companies, particularly in leadership and management roles, by as much as 70%. Data from Statistics Canada indicates that women only accounted for 39% of university graduates aged 25 to 34 with a STEM degree in 2011. Although the call to include women and girls in STEM has been heard for many years now, more steps are clearly needed to make a significant difference.
Below, we’ve curated a primer of our best research and insights on this subject.
Closing the gender gap in STEM
From education to workplace hiring and retention, the barriers that prevent women from successful careers in STEM are well-documented. For example, only 39% of STEM university graduates in Canada are women, and unfortunately, those graduates still struggle to find work in the field. In fact, women with STEM degrees are more likely to be unemployed and have lower median salaries than men with STEM degrees. In order to address these barriers and promote diversity in STEM, the Institute for Gender and the Economy (GATE) hosted the event, “Women in STEM: A Panel Discussion,” in March 2018.
The panelists outlined four ways to help close the gender gap in STEM:
- Create more innovative, inclusive messaging
- Place a higher value on “soft” skills
- Actively cultivate a more inclusive workplace culture
- Encourage allyship in leadership and on boards
Women in STEM: A panel discussion
In this video, Founder and CEO of Dot Health, Huda Idrees explains how toxic workplace cultures are discouraging women from pursuing careers in STEM fields, and why there is power in numbers.
To see more videos and insights from this panel, view the full event summary here.