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Report  | March 2015

Reaching the Full Potential of STEM for Women and the U.S. Economy

By Nam D. Pham, Ph.D.

The science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields are essential to sustaining long-term economic growth. While the U.S. continues to be a leader in science and technology, employing a third of the world’s scientists and engineers, there is still room to grow.

While STEM graduation levels have increased over the past two decades, women’s participation in STEM fields still lags behind when compared to men. Furthermore, women continue to be underrepresented in STEM careers. Taken together, this gap in educational attainment and prominence in the workforce prevents the American economy from reaching its full potential. These issues must be addressed for the U.S. economy to remain competitive.