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Presented by Washington STEM and Women's Funding Alliance

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“Although women fill close to half of all jobs in the U.S. economy, they hold less than 25 percent of STEM jobs. This has been the case throughout the past decade, even as college-educated women have increased their share of the overall workforce.” (Economics and Statistics Administration. 2011. Women in STEM: A Gender Gap to Innovation)

Washington ranks first in concentration of STEM jobs, but, as research shows, women are disproportionately missing out on the vast array of STEM opportunities available. This is an equity issue: STEM jobs pay consistently better than non-STEM jobs. It’s also an economic issue: by 2018, it’s predicted that there will be nearly 50,000 unfilled STEM jobs in our state. 

In our STEM economy, there is an enormous opportunity for women to take hold of the wide swath of unfilled STEM careers and create a foundation of leadership for decades to come. The first step toward this future is to raise STEM education awareness among women.

In the fall of 2016 and winter of 2016 Washington STEM and the Women's Funding Alliance held our Women in STEM Town Hall Series. Each Town Hall Event, moderated by Liz Vivian, Executive Director of the Women’s Funding Alliance, featured a panel of experts on women’s issues in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).

Past Events

Bremerton, WA: October 5, 2015
copresented by the West Sound STEM Network
Olympic College

Vancouver, WA: October 29, 2015
copresented by the Southwest Washington STEM Network
Clark College - Columbia Tech Center

Tri-Cities (Pasco, Richland, Kennewick), WA: November 18, 2015
copresented by the mid-Columbia STEM Network
WSU Auditorium

Spokane, WA: January 26, 2016 
copresented by the Spokane STEM Network
The Lincoln Center


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