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Why Aren’t More Women in STEM? Help Us Discover the Answer

Take just 10 minutes and complete the global Gender Scan survey on gender equity in STEM today!
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Across the world, women remain underrepresented in STEM. For example, more than half of humanities professionals are women, but only one in three graduates in STEM are women.

As part of our ongoing work to make an impact on this imbalance, SWE has been working with Global Contact since 2021 to understand gender equity in STEM on the global front and ensure that women are equally represented in STEM careers. Through its work on Gender Scan, a global survey of STEM students and professionals across more than 100 countries, Global Contact’s benchmark study continues to shed light on gender inequalities in STEM studies and career, analyzing the causes of the “leaky pipeline” phenomenon in these disciplines.

Help us beat our response rate from the last Gender Scan! In 2021, SWE members were part of the more than 30,000 respondents — helping double the response rate from the 2019 survey. This year, Global Contact is working with multiple international organizations, including SWE and UNESCO, to assess the impact of gender balance policies in the STEM workforce, as well as report trends of female participation along the STEM pipeline. You can be a part of this important research by taking the Gender Scan survey today!

Why Participate?

This year’s survey results are expected to contribute new knowledge to move us forward in achieving gender equity in STEM globally. The results from the 2021 survey highlighted several issues women faced during the pandemic, as well as the gender inequalities experienced in the United States compared with those in Europe and India. View all past Gender Scan reports online.

The 2024 Gender Scan includes two surveys — one for STEM college and university students and a second for STEM employees. The student survey includes questions relating to students’ career choices, perceptions of STEM studies, and the subject of sexism. The employee survey asks questions about work-life balance, professional development, and workplace policies.

Once all the research is complete, we will be able to give you general feedback on the results of the survey of students in scientific and technical courses. The more respondents to the survey, the more representative the results will be!

That’s why we need your help. Take a moment to complete the survey today using the instructions below.

Take the STEM College Student Survey                       Take the STEM Employee Survey

Who Is Eligible?

The Gender Scan survey is not exclusive to SWE members, so we are inviting all STEM college students and STEM employees — regardless of SWE membership — to participate in the 2024 Gender Scan.

Participants of any gender can take the survey; however, they must be over the age of 18. STEM college and university students include those studying STEM, either enrolled in a STEM major or considering a STEM major or career.

How to Take the Survey

SWE membership is not a requirement to participate in the Gender Scan survey, so please share the STEM student and STEM employee surveys with anyone who meets the eligibility requirements listed above.

The survey should take approximately 10 minutes to complete. Please note, to ensure responses are saved, you must take the survey in one sitting and cannot pause for more than five minutes during the survey. The survey is scheduled to close in early June, so please be sure to complete the survey today!

STEM College Students:

    1. Access the survey and select your preferred language.
    2. Specify the country where you live.
    3. Please select Society of Women Engineers for the question “Are you answering to this survey following the suggestion of a partner of Gender Scan?” (See Figure 1)
    4. Share and encourage your STEM peers to complete.

    Take the STEM College Student Survey

    STEM Employees:

        1. Access the survey and select your preferred language.
        2. Specify the country and type of community (urban or rural) where you live.
        3. You will then be prompted to select a partner from a drop-down menu list (see Figure 1). Please select Society of Women Engineers for the question “Are you answering to this survey following the suggestion of a partner of Gender Scan?”
        4. Share and encourage your STEM peers and colleagues to complete.

    Take the STEM Employee Survey

    Why Aren’t More Women in STEM? Help Us Discover the Answer
    Figure 1

    Image description: The image above contains a screenshot from the Gender Scan survey. The survey question asks “Are you answering to this survey following the suggestion of a partner of Gender Scan? (thanks for answering in the menu)” and the response options are FDJ, France Medias Monde, Orange, Society of Women Engineers, UNESCO/UNESCO community member (e.g., Chairs), No – I don’t respond following recommendations from a Gender Scan partner, or Other.

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