Women in STEM jobs

I recently got sent this infographic (below). I had just finished reading a Boston Globe snipped talking about the pervasive discrimination in pay and promotion for women in hard sciences. So I’m not sure how to take this – are we improving our lot? Are we slipping? Are the metrics they show here the important ones?

The Rise Of Women In Tech

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Natalie
    Oct 02, 2012 @ 12:49:35

    Ok, I’m going with 1) who the hell gets a CS degree from Harvard, 2) my mother uses social media (possibly the most non-tech-savvy person on the planet), and 3) IT can be a discouraging/negative metric, as many laid off engineers wind up with IT jobs. I call superficial BS on this one.

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  2. geekedoutside
    Oct 08, 2012 @ 12:00:42

    As Brenda pointed out, the metrics are showing women’s increasing numbers in Stem jobs, but also points out the gap of salaries between women and men in Stem jobs. I agree with Natalie’s points, as well. Social gaming does not have anything to do with success in technologies. If anything, games like Farmville are about as far from tech-savvy as you can get.
    Women in Stem jobs receiving more similar treatment to men, may be more related to Stem jobs having definitive skill sets. Either you can code, or you cannot. Either you know how to set up a secure network or you do not. Less quantifiable skills make it easier to hire and pay on a subjective scale. This infographic does not address that possibility.

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