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Monday, November 24, 2014

Why Are Women Leaving Science, Engineering, And Tech Jobs?

U.S. women working in science, technology engineering, and math (STEM) fields are 45 percent more likely than men to leave the industry over the next year, according to a recent Center for Talent Innovation survey. Although 80 percent of the women surveyed say they love their work, many still report barriers to advancing their careers. "Women entering STEM fields have a much shorter runway for career takeoff than women entering other industries," the report says. Surveyed women describe the "lab-coat culture" of science that encourages long hours, the "hard-hat culture" of engineering, and the frat-like "geek workplace culture" of technology, all of which discourage women from advancing or even joining in the first place.

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