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10 initiatives to retain and advance women in STEM

In a recent article for TechRepublic, author Macy Bayern explores the results of a recent Center for Talent and Innovation study.

While STEM employers have spent large sums of time and money trying to close the gender gap in their companies, many highly qualified women in these fields still feel trapped in their positions, according to a study from the Center for Talent and Innovation (CTI). More than half of women quit their STEM jobs because of inhospitable work environments, the study found.

The study surveyed 3,212 US employees, including 1,172 men and 2,031 women—all with STEM credentials. The research set out to find the biggest challenges for women in STEM professions, as well as the best strategies for bolstering their careers.

Previous CTI research determined the biggest obstacles women experience in STEM industries, with the most prominent challenges including alienation, extreme hours, bias, exclusion and isolation, and not being viewed as having leadership potential, a press release noted.

“When I’d be the only woman in a room with multiple men, and I would say something that, a few minutes later, one of the guys repeated, and the leader of the conversation would go, ‘Oh that was great, thank you!’ I would be like, ‘Hey, I just said that—where’s my “atta girl”?’,” said Susan Penfield, executive vice president and chief innovation officer at Booz Allen Hamilton, in the study.

To learn more, read “The top 10 strategies for supporting and retaining women in STEM” from TechRepublic.