Women In S.T.E.M Feilds By.Jennifer Drapeau, Andrea Olabiyi,Jennifer Short

Problem and Proposal

Our science, technology, engineering and math or STEM fields are crucial to canada's innovative lifestyles and global competitiveness. Yet women are underrepresented in STEM jobs and among STEM educated youth despite making up nearly half of the Canadian employees and half of the college-educated youth.That leaves an ignored opportunity to expand STEM employment in Canada, even though there is a lot to grow in stem fields.In conclusion this means that the nation must do more to improve its competitiveness

Focus Solution

  • Better scholarships for women? - There are a number out there specifically for women in a “non traditional field” for example CPA program at colleges
  • Companies that specifically hire women? Programs in place
  • Going right back to highschool?Sparking interests in youth
  • Each one of these focus on women and youth.The best way to make women more present in S.T.E.M Fields is to show better role models and bigger goals to strive for.


Better scholarships for women? - There are a number out there specifically for women in a “non traditional field” for example CPA program at colleges

There were not as many sources for finding scholarships for women as there is today. It’s clear that women are underrepresented in the STEM fields. Now, many philanthropic organizations are specifically looking for women that fall in this demographic to offer them scholarships. Knowing that there are organizations willing to aid in their education will give some women that extra nudge, or encouragement they need before entering into the STEM fields.

•• Better scholarships for women?

The women to men ratio in the STEM fields is unbelievable. There seems to be no change even though many companies state that they want to see a change in the gap. GE recently announced that they have a goal of having 20,000 women in STEM roles within the company by 2020, moving the ration to 50:50 in their technical entry-level positions. The reasoning behind this is that research has shown that business with a more equal gender ratio are more successful. If many more companies would follow GE’s footsteps you would see a remarkable change within the STEM fields.

Going right back to highschool?Sparking interests in youth

Women only represent 26% of the people working in STEM fields. This may be because many women see these jobs as being only for men. They could have been influenced to believe this back in high school. Organizations out there are now trying to interest women in their youth. For example, the National Math and Science Initiative seek to improve the way STEM subjects are taught by increasing the number of high school science and math teachers with degrees in the subjects they will teach. They also want it to be taught in a way that will appeal more to girls.

The best way to make women more present in S.T.E.M Fields is to show better role models and bigger goals to strive for.

Society has made many people believe that some jobs are only meant for men, and some are only made for women. Specifically in the STEM fields it’s important that women are shown from youth that you can succeed in any job you want to pursue. By showing better role models for the youth it will encourage them as women to break through the social norms, and realize no goal is too big to achieve. Focusing on these solutions would certainly bring change and equality into the STEM fields.

Our Solutions all focus on inspiring young women.Many young women doubt their abilities in S.T.E.M fields and go towards traditionally women populated fields.

Although women fill close to half of all jobs in the Canadian economy, they hold less than 25 percent of STEM jobs. This has been the case throughout the past decade, even as college educated women have increased their share of the overall Canadian STEM fields has not.


Women with STEM jobs earn 33 percent more than equivalent women in non-STEM jobs. In addition, noticeably higher than the STEM jobs high income for men closing the gap for women and men. Thus, the gender wage gap is smaller in STEM jobs than in non-STEM jobs.Women hold a unreasonably low share of STEM undergraduate degrees, particularly in engineering.Women with a STEM degree are less likely than their male peers to work in a STEM career they are more likely to work in education or healthcare

There are many possible factors contributing to the lack of women versus men in STEM jobs.For example, a lack of female role models, gender stereotyping, and less family-friendly flexibility in the STEM fields. Regardless of the causes, the findings of this information provide understanding of a need to encourage and support women in STEM


Check out some Stats!

Gender differences in STEM programs at university level from Stats Canada Hango, D. (2015). Gender Difference in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science (STEM) Program at University.

Harvey, M. (August 2, 2011). New Study Shows Reason for Decline in Interest in STEM for Girls. Retrieved from


Pittman, O. (n.d.). 7 Organizations Working to Promote Women in STEM. Retrieved March 23, 2017, from https://www.collegeraptor.com/blog/higher-education/7-organizations-working-to-promote-women-in-stem/.

Buxton, M., Tech, L. •, & GE., P. C. (n.d.). This Initiative To Decrease The Gender Gap Is Incredible. Retrieved March 23, 2017, from http://www.refinery29.com/2017/02/139921/ge-women-hiring-initiative-workplace-equality

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