ACCORDING TO A 2017 report by the United States Department
of Commerce, women make up nearly half of the
country’s workforce, yet they hold only about 25 percent
of the available jobs in the fields of science, technology, engineering
and math (STEM). The statistic has not changed
much since the department’s original report in 2011.
But some believe the STEM career landscape will broaden
with the current efforts of schools and universities to attract
more young women to these programs. To learn more,
we interviewed the following three female STEM superstars
who gave us the inside story on the challenges, and the
many rewards, of choosing a STEM career.
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LEFT TO RIGHT: COURTESY OF SUKHINDER SINGH CASSIDY,
PHOTO: CHRIS AYERS, MAKEUP: ROSE HILL (2)