New AAUW Report Could Change U.S. Tech Workforce in One Generation

March 26, 2015

 

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WASHINGTON — During a live launch event in Silicon Valley today at 11 a.m. PT/2 p.m. ET, the American Association of University Women (AAUW) will release new research highlighting solutions that will change the face of America’s engineering and computing workforce. The findings and recommendations from Solving the Equation: The Variables for Women’s Success in Engineering and Computing will frame a powerful panel discussion featuring event host Samsung Electronics North America, a NASA senior scientist, and industry executives from AT&T, Broadcom, and GlassLab.

“By 2022, the United States will need 1.7 million more engineers and computing professionals. Women — who make up more than half the population — are still significantly underrepresented in these fields. And women’s intellect and voices need to be a part of the technologies and products created by these fields. We know how to solve this equation,” said AAUW CEO Linda D. Hallman, CAE. “It’s 2015. Our country must fully utilize all of its human potential.”

A live audience of 200 stakeholders at Samsung’s Mountain View campus and a virtual audience of hundreds more — at watch parties in boardrooms, communities, and classrooms across the country — will hear the recommendations from the research. Solving the Equation offers a broad set of recommendations to help women enter and persist in engineering and computing, including

  • Creating workplaces where everyone can thrive
  • Moving past the stereotypes that dictate who belongs, and who gets hired, in engineering and computing
  • Adapting successful academic models to the workforce and classrooms

Stereotypes and biases remain powerful barriers to the full participation of women and girls in these fields. Research highlighted in the report shows that employers — both men and women — are more likely to choose a male candidate, regardless of qualifications.

“The tech industry needs a robust and diverse pipeline to fuel 21st century jobs. Today, the need for qualified employees is outpacing their availability, and women are underrepresented in the field,” said Cynt Marshall, SVP Human Resources and Chief Diversity Officer, AT&T. “Solving the Equation sparks a critical conversation on this issue and provides clear recommendations for the path forward.”

AT&T is a Founding Member of the AAUW STEM Workforce Coalition and lead corporate sponsor of the report.

The report comes at a time when women make up just 12 percent of the engineering workforce and when women’s representation in computing has fallen from 35 percent in 1990 to 26 percent of the workforce today.

Solving the Equation is made possible by these generous supporters: the National Science Foundation, Research on Gender in Science and Engineering award 1420214; AT&T; and the Mooneen Lecce Giving Circle.

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About AAUW

The American Association of University Women (AAUW) empowers women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research. Our nonpartisan, nonprofit organization has more than 170,000 members and supporters across the United States, as well as 1,000 local branches and more than 800 college and university partners. Since AAUW’s founding in 1881, our members have examined and taken positions on the fundamental issues of the day — educational, social, economic, and political. Learn more and join us at www.aauw.org.

About Philanthropy & Social Innovation at AT&T

AT&T Inc. is committed to advancing education, strengthening communities and improving lives. Through its community initiatives, AT&T has a long history of investing in projects that create learning opportunities; promote academic and economic achievement; or address community needs. In 2013, more than $130 million was contributed or directed through corporate-, employee-, social investment- and AT&T Foundation-giving programs. AT&T Aspire is AT&T’s signature education initiative that drives innovation in education by bringing diverse resources to bear on the issue including funding, technology, employee volunteerism, and mentoring.

Lisa Goodnight By:   |   March 26, 2015