April 24, 2012 at 14:11 PM EDT
By the Numbers: 33 Percent
Did you know that women who work in science, technology, math and engineering, or STEM, fields take home paychecks worth 33 percent more on average than their counterparts in non-STEM fields? But women while women fill close to half of all the jobs in the United States, they hold less than 25 percent of the jobs in STEM fields. Increasing the number of women in STEM jobs isn’t going to happen any time soon. Currently just 15 percent of all women entering college plan to major in a related field, compared to one-third of male freshmen. Women earn just one in four of the engineering and computer science degrees awarded in the United States. Making sure that young women receive the exposure, encouragement, and support they need to enter careers in these fields will help them land better paying jobs, and allow our economy to benefit from the full range and diversity of its talent.
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