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What is STEM All About
There’s no shortage of attention on science, technology, engineering and math education in the United States these days. As expectations about STEM’s promises grow, leaders in politics, education and business may even find themselves echoing popular sentiments about STEM they don’t fully understand.

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Women in STEM fields are often underrepresented, holding less than 25% of the jobs in the U.S. (2012). In the United States, studies have been conducted to explain this pattern, such as mechanisms in recruitment and hiring processes. On average, women in STEM fields earn 33% more than those in non-STEM professions. They also experience a smaller wage gap compared to men. However, women can be found as leaders in top professions around the country. These include the U.S. Department of Defense, NASA, and the National Science Foundation.



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