National Women in Engineering Day and the myths about women in STEM

Women are hugely under-represented in STEM fields – just 15% of all STEM employees are female. Today (23rd June) is National Women in Engineering Day which aims to raise the profile of women in engineering and encourage girls to consider a career in the sector.

The challenge is that whilst there are many STEM employers who are making huge progress in female representation, many women working in the sector still face significant barriers. The Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings shows that the gender pay gap is 25% in ‘skilled trades’ occupation, which includes STEM roles. Our own Project 28-40 STEM Sector Insight found that overarching issues women in work face are particularly pronounced in STEM industries.


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