– Women make up 50% of the US labor force, but occupy only 24% of jobs in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) fields. However, in comparison with other sectors, STEM positions pay better and have more room for career growth. So, why the percentage of women in STEM is so low?
– Girls are not encouraged to study STEM in school and even if they get degrees in this domain, many pursue careers outside STEM jobs. Women are also faced by cultural stereotypes that dampen STEM career choices – a prejudice that often originates at home from an early age. In order to improve this situation, the Million Women Mentor program was shaped with the end of rallying one million men and women to serve as STEM mentors by 2018.