America's largest companies have a long way to go before they can achieve equal pay -- the National Women's Law Center reports American women make $0.80 for men's $1.00-- but companies like General Motors and PepsiCo are making changes that pay women and men equally for the same work and foster pathways to higher-paying leadership positions.
We’re currently in one of the most pivotal moments in U.S. history. Technology is advancing at a faster pace than ever before, bringing with it unprecedented opportunities for businesses of all sizes and across all industries. We’ve seen digitization enable startups to compete on the same playing field as enterprises, tear down barriers to entry that prevented small businesses from scaling, boost GDP growth, and perhaps most profoundly, enrich the lives of our citizens.
At a panel about filling future science, technology, engineering and math job needs during the U.S. News & World Report STEM Solutions: Workforce of Tomorrow conference on Friday, Vince Bertram, president and CEO of nonprofit Project Lead the Way, said as more and more companies become tech-enabled, businesses need to support measures that will encourage students early on to pursue STEM-related studies - and later STEM careers - so that they will have a supply of workers to fill ever-growing job demands.
The labor market is bursting with jobs that don't require bachelor's degrees but do demand special skills, typically related to digital technology. Called "new-collar" jobs, these positions usually provide salaries in the top half of the U.S. wage scale.
For years, girls and young women have been a critical missing part of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) studies and careers. The stubborn gender disparity in STEM fields has sparked important debates on the underlying reasons. Some attribute the gender disparity to social and infrastructural factors, lack of mentors and role models, and lack of awareness about what these fields offer in terms of educational and career opportunities.
Girls and young women remain less likely to pursue education and careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), according to a recently revealed report from Microsoft.
According to a study done by the Department of Education in 2013, only 6 percent of high school students in the U.S. were enrolled in courses related to a trade or career--compared to 42 percent in the United Kingdom, 59 percent in Germany and 67 percent in the Netherlands. This is unacceptable.
As Women's History Month nears its close in 2018, many people have been reflecting on the struggles women have faced in the past and the strides they are making toward changing the future. Tech is one area of specific interest here, as it's a place where women have traditionally been under-represented. But is that changing too?
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) cannot carry out its mission of strengthening the nation’s security through cutting-edge science, technology and engineering without a world-class workforce. As part of the network of National Labs, we also have a critical role in ensuring American competitiveness by helping to develop new generations of science and engineering leaders.
Simply put, our country needs more African-American engineers to continue our nation’s progress and fill talent gaps in manufacturing. It begins with a commitment by business leaders to support organizations like the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), which is holding its annual convention in Pittsburgh today through Sunday.