STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) related majors have often been the place where gender disparities are most prominent. In a study conducted by the U.S Department of Commerce, as observed in Figure 1.0, only twenty-four percent of women make up the labor market in STEM related fields.
In Fall 2015, UC Merced’s women made up only thirty-three percent of students in the Bioengineering major, forty and a half percent in Applied Mathematics, and twenty-three and a half percent in an Undeclared Engineering Major.
Not only is there a disproportionate male to female ratio between major enrollment/labor market, but a gender wage gap as observed in figure 3 that disincentives women from joining the STEM labor market.
The organization Women in STEM on campus is currently running a campaign from Nov. 14- Nov. 30th called “#UCMSTEMINIST” that encourages others to understand the value of women in STEM. How can you help with this campaign? “Tell us in 140 characters: How can W-STEM help you on campus? Tweet, comment, post, bring out our best! #UCMSTEMINIST.” The most liked suggestion will win a W-STEM T-shirt. Make sure to post your responses in order to inform others of how women in STEM help us at UC Merced.
Photo Credit UC Merced, Women in STEM