The importance of representation, promotion, and empowerment
Technology has never been a female dominated field. Although women are pursuing STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) at higher rates than ever before, a substantial gender gap persists: women only hold a quarter of all technology based jobs.
In high school, 83% of boys opt for STEM subjects, compared to only 64% of girls. Simply put, girls are less likely to study STEM. Representation is integral, and if girls do not see women in technology, they may discount the possibility of entering the field.
MRS’s EVP of IT Evelina Shalevich has been in the STEM field for years and knows how important representation is. She said, “Any company that is truly committed to diversity and inclusivity needs to lead by example and in a lot of cases it starts from the top. The leadership team needs to set an example and show the rest of the organization that inclusivity applies at all levels.”
The STEM field still has some work to do when it comes to inclusivity and creating a more equal atmosphere. Women face promotion and pay gaps, as well as biased roles that skew towards the non-technical side of STEM. Despite such statistics, the numbers are increasing. Women are entering the field more than in years past. And while women are still a minority group in STEM, the numbers are encouraging.
Bridging gender gaps doesn’t happen overnight; change is incremental. Being part of the change means supporting and representing women in STEM. Day in and day out, MRS promotes equality, inclusivity, and empowerment.
Shalevich said, “At MRS, we take time to acknowledge all the wonderful women that play integral roles throughout the company and highlight their achievements. We do have a very diverse group of individuals that are part of the MRS family and I believe the compassion that we are able to show our customers helps unite the employees.”
Women belong in STEM, at every single level. They are integral to the field and their contributions cannot be taken for granted.
Developing women in STEM will move the field forward. From empowering young girls to championing representation, we can all be advocates for equality.