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Women in mathematics,Science,and Engineering
Engineering and Construction
Pages 7 (1757 words)
Women employees with skills in science and technology are an essential resource today, in leading knowledge based economies, such as in the OECD countries. Due to the rapidly growing technology, there is an acute demand for science and technology employees, with the job growth being motivated and driven by an increased number of female employees in this sector.
However, women are highly underrepresented in science and technology studies at the secondary and tertiary levels of education, and in the overall technical workforce. This is despite evidence that suggests further involvement of women in technology related fields would greatly improve innovations and economic development in most countries (OECD, 11). Young girls are currently less involved in technical subjects as early as in their high school level; only a third of students in OECD countries taking biology, advanced chemistry, and physics related subjects are girls. In the United States, only 15% of girls are enrolled in advanced computer science studies, despite the growing computer literacy among all young people. Therefore, there is need to critically address the low enrollment of women in science and technology based fields to bridge the large gap between male and female expatriates in science and technical fields. Currently, women in US and other OECD countries are increasingly enrolling in male dominated engineering and mathematics fields; there has been a remarkable impact on the number of women enrolling for engineering and math intensive courses. ...
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