6 Incredible Female Founders Making a Difference in STEM
Getting down to the nitty gritty shows that while women have become increasingly likely to get an education and a job, censuses continue to prove that the number of men is disproportionately higher than that of women in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).
This clear gender gap in innovation, as presented in data from the Economics and Statistics Administration compiled in 2009, shows that "although women fill close to half of all jobs in the U.S. economy, they hold less than 25 percent of STEM jobs."
"Women make up half of the total U.S. college-educated workforce, but only 29 percent of the science and engineering workforce," the research concluded. "Female scientists and engineers are concentrated in different occupations than are men, with relatively high shares of women in the social sciences (62 percent) and biological, agricultural, and environmental life sciences (48 percent) and relatively low shares in engineering (15 percent) and computer and mathematical sciences (25 percent)."
Though there are many factors that can be attributed to the low number of women in the industry, those in it are using their platform to encourage others like them to help balance the numbers.
Check out the gallery above to learn more about some of the fascinating women in STEM who are urging more to join them. And tell us, do you know any #WomenInSTEM?
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Reshma Saujani Founded: Girls Who Code What: Girls Who Code was created with the mission of closing "the gender gap in technology" by providing programs for girls interested in STEM to get involved. Photo Credit: Desiree Navarro/WireImage
Anne-Marie Imafidon Founded: Stemettes What: Stemettes was founded with a similar mission as Girls Who Code, however, with the hopes of getting girls involved in all branches of STEM. Defined as "a female who has the capacity to go into one or more of the STEM fields," a stemette help show "the next generation that girls do Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths too." Photo Credit: Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images
Anne Wojcicki Founded: 23andMe What: "23andMe was founded to empower individuals and develop new ways of accelerating research" and "believing in the combined potential of genetics and the Internet to have a significant, positive impact." With the help of 23andMe, anyone can easily track their genetics by purchasing an in-home saliva test. Photo Credit: Michael Bezjian/WireImage
Halle Tecco Founded: Rock Health What: Rock Health was founded with the intention of making it easier for everyone to access healthcare through technology. As a venture that funds and supports digital health, Rock Health seeks to "make healthcare massively better for every human being" by backing "companies improving the quality, safety, and accessibility of our healthcare system." Photo Credit: Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for New York Times
Kellee James Founded: Mercaris What: Mercaris provides market data and auctions in order to help grow "organic and non-GMO agriculture in the U.S." The business addresses the gap between the development of sustainable agriculture and the need to be educated about it through "up-to-date, accurate information on market conditions for organic and non-GMO commodities" and a "trading platform [that] allows buyers and sellers to meet on-line and trade physical commodities." Photo Credit: Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for New York Times
Jennifer Pahlka Founded: Code For America What: Code For America was created in 2011 to "help government deliver services to the public better using the tools and practices of the digital age." In order to do so, Code For America works with tech industries to aid local governments and use tax dollars to help "millions of underserved Americans." Photo Credit: Mindy Best/WireImage