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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."

While these numbers have somewhat improved over the last few years, this year's research by the National Science Board revealed an unfortunate truth: females are still outnumbered in the STEM world.

"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?

NEXT: Mae Jemison, Cady Coleman and Maria Klawe: How to Get More Women in STEM »

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