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Happy International Women in Engineering Day! Even if not all the news on this front is happy. The number of women graduating with engineering degrees has increased to 20%. That’s good news on the education front, but that has not translated into an increase of women holding engineering jobs.
The Society of Women Engineers (SWE) points out that since 1982, women have earned almost 10 million more college degrees than men. Yet even though women are earning more engineering degrees, a 2018 survey revealed that only 15% of engineers are women.
The United State Census Bureau puts the percentage even lower, revealing that the number of women in the engineering workforce remains stubbornly at about 13%. According to the Harvard Business Review, 40% of women who received an engineering degree either never entered the profession or quit.
Help on the Way?
Change may be coming. On its website, SWE notes that recognizing women in engineering seems to be making the field of engineering more popular for women. SWE believes that more women are entering engineering because they’re inspired by the women pioneers in engineering. “The society’s ultimate goal is to have an equal representation of people from all walks of life working in STEM roles,” stated SWE.
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