Women of colour hold the fewest STEMM degrees.

Due to the intersectionality of gender, race, and other social identities, fewer women of colour are studying and completing STEMM degrees. In 2014–2015, women of colour in the US earned a disproportionately lower number of Bachelor degrees. 


Mother Nature Needs Her Daughters: A Homeward Bound Global Review and Fact Sheet Investigating Gender Inequality in STEMM

Prepared by Fabian Dattner, Homeward Bound CEO and Co-founder;
Dr Mary-Ellen Feeney, Jacobs Group (Australia); and
Professor Tonia Gray, Centre for Educational Research, Western Sydney University.
Compiled by Homeward Bound Alumni from 2018 & 2019

Copies can be download at https://doi.org/10.26183/5d22d5fbe2349

Online version here.

Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM)

National Center for Education and statistics (2016). Digest of Education Statistics: 2016 Tables and Figures


(accessed in August 2019)

Catalyst, Quick Take: Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM)

Women remain a minority of STEMM workers in the United States. Women made up less than one-quarter (24%) of those employed in STEMM occupations in 2015. A substantial gender gap in engineering and computer occupations contributes to women’s overall underrepresentation in STEMM. For women of color, this gap is even wider. Asian and black women and Latinas made up slightly less than 10% of working scientists and engineers in the United States in 2015.



Where Are the Black Women in STEM Leadership?

SCIENTIFIC AMERICA – Today, Black women are working in every industry imaginable and doing jobs that, just a generation or two ago, we could only dream of. Yet the number of those working at senior levels in STEM fields remains distressingly low. In March, the National Science Foundation reported that in 2016 alone, Black women earned more than 33,000 bachelor’s degrees in science and engineering, and 24 percent of doctorates awarded to Black women were in STEM. But that same report showed that in 2017, only 5 percent of managerial jobs in STEM were held by Black women and men combined. So, where are we?


How has COVID19 impacted Indigenous women in STEM?

WOMEN’S AGENDA – Aboriginal people were the first astronomers of this beautiful country. Yet the field of astronomy and astrophysics is male-dominated and non- Indigenous.



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