Keywords: Women in STEM, Disparity, Equity
If the portion of women in STEM-related positions were to reflect the overall labor force, there would be twice as many making contributions to and advancing these fields of work. This reality stands in contrast to the fact that starting in 1978, women represented an incrementally higher and higher proportion of post-secondary graduates, culminating in 2006 when more women than men achieved associates, bachelors, masters and doctoral degrees. While there is variance in the extent of gender disparity across STEM disciplines, overall much work remains before balanced representation is achieved. This presentation will provide a review of the current state of women in STEM, and what is being done to bend the curve toward equity.