Increasingly, a high level of skills in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) are required for today’s Labour Market. Unfortunately, women are still underrepresented in these fields.
February 11th was the International Day of Women and Girls in Science.
The day presents an opportunity to bring awareness to barriers that prevent and deter girls and women from entering these fields including gender stereotypes and biases.
Although girls obtain high scores in science and math grades in secondary school, they do not readily pursue occupations in those fields.
TD Economics recently released a report, “Women and STEM: Bridging the Divide”. The report indicates that women who do pursue degrees in STEM are disproportionately hired in lower paying positions.
Making up less than one-quarter in STEM occupations not only impacts women and their potential to earn higher-than-average wages, but also has a direct impact on the economy.
The global economic demand for people with skills in STEM is growing. In order to remain globally competitive, it is important for Canada to address the problem and close the gap.
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