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The WiSTEM Symposium aims to:

  1. Create space where intersecting identities and scientific research coexist

  2. Equip womxn with the tools needed to navigate educational and occupational environments

  3. Impart skills & knowledge to promote professional development and boost participants’ preparation to enter the job market. 

  4. Encourage networking that can facilitate community mentorship & sponsorship

The WiSTEM Symposium Hopes to Mitigate Gender-Related Inequities in STEM.

IN THE UNITED STATES, FEW WOMEN ARE EARNING DEGREES IN STEM. ONLY 35.1% OF BACHELOR'S DEGREES, 32.7% MASTER'S, AND 34.4% OF PH.D.'S WERE EARNED BY WOMEN IN 2014 - 2015.

THE SHARE OF STEM DEGREES IS EVEN SMALLER FOR WOMEN OF COLOR. IN 2014 - 2015 WOMEN OF COLOR EARNED A SMALLER PERCENTAGE OF BACHELOR'S DEGREES ACROSS ALL STEM FIELDS (BLACK WOMEN 2.9%, LATINAS 3.6%, AND ASIAN WOMEN 4.8%).

WOMEN ARE SCARCE IN SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT GLOBALLY. AVERAGED ACROSS THE WORLD, WOMEN ACCOUNTED FOR LESS THAN A THIRD (28.8%) OF THOSE EMPLOYED IN SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT (R&D) ACROSS THE WORLD IN 2014. NO STATISTICS EXIST FOR THOSE OUTSIDE THE GENDER BINARY.

EVEN IN HIGH-PAYING STEM JOBS, WOMEN EARN LESS THAN MEN