Research & Data

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of interest and significance around professional women in STEM. 

Women in STEM

Workforce Index 2020

There are notable gains in female representation in the STEM workforce since our 2018 report. In key areas, San Diego County is leading the way in positive trends that promote women in STEM. For the first time in history, women now hold an equal 50% share of the Life and Physical Sciences jobs in San Diego County, and their share of Engineering and Surveying jobs increased by 5%.

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Women in Leadership is Smart Business:

A Competitive Imperative

As the world’s largest sustainability initiative, the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) is a call to companies to align strategies and operations with universal principles around human rights, labor, environment and anti-corruption. Athena signed onto the UN Global Compact and works with corporate partner, Sony Electronics, Inc., to drive business awareness and achieve its gender equality goals. Read More

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Athena Workforce

Equity Index

With the launch of its thought-leadership benchmarking research, Athena's STEM Workforce Equity Index is informing the national dialogue with its data-driven approach in pursuit of closing the gender gap. If California - as a global STEM hub - is to achieve gender equity in the workplace, it's essential Athena first benchmark the data, understand the trends, create the instruments for change and hold the STEM community accountable. Read More

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Promoting Women in Tech:

The Mitchell Way

While many aspects set Mitchell apart from other successful, growing technology companies, chief among them is Mitchell's strong, visionary culture, referred to internally as The Mitchell Way.  Read More 

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Impact of New Gender

Pay Equality Laws

Despite the Equal Pay Act of 1963, which requires that men and women in the same workplace be given equal pay for equal work, the "gender gap" is still very real. Read More

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Athena Launches STEM Workforce Equity Index 2018

As the champion for women in the STEM workforce, Athena's holding a mirror to the marketplace regarding gender equity. With the launch of its thought-leadership benchmarking research, Athena's STEM Workforce Equity Index is informing the national dialogue with its data-driven approach in pursuit of closing the gender gap. If California - as a global STEM hub - is to achieve gender equity in the workplace, it's essential Athena first benchmark the data, understand the trends, create the instruments for change and hold the STEM community accountable. Knowing where we came from is essential to changing the future. 

STEM Workforce Equity Index Partners

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Quantity of Women in STEM Occupations

STEM jobs are those requiring science, technology, engineering, or a math-related education. These occupations have a higher growth rate and higher rate of pay. STEM jobs are becoming the focus of the education and training systems. Even with this increased focus on STEM education, data reveals that there continues to be a significant disparity in employment and wage between women and men in the STEM occupations. Based on recent data, women account for 25 percent of the national STEM workforce and 23 percent of the STEM workforce in San Diego County.

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A closer analysis of STEM jobs shows the disparity of women in STEM varies by occupation. In 1990, the percentage of women in computer and math careers was significantly higher. As the number of jobs increased in this field, women did not increase at the same rate as men. Conversely, there is a significant increase of women working in the life and social sciences fields. 

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Wage Disparities

In 2016, the national median wage in STEM jobs was $86,563 for men compared to $66,825 for women, demonstrating a 23 percent wage gap. In San Diego County, the median wage for men in STEM occupations was $93,724 compared to $67,092 for women, showing a 28 percent wage gap.
Overall, the wage gap between genders has been decreasing since 1990. However, the gender gap still shows fluctuation with periodic increases within the last 26 years.

SAN DIEGO GENDER WAGE GAP IN STEM

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SOURCE: IPUMS-USA, University of Minnesota, www.ipums.org