Shortage of Women in STEM Careers

Only 1 in 4 individuals working in the computer and mathematical workforce are female. Additionally, only 1 in 6 people working in architecture and engineering occupations are women. As the numbers prove, there is still underrepresentation of women in the science, technology, engineering, and math workforce. This page collects articles and guides from around the Web to help women pursue careers in STEM fields.

Women and Careers in STEM

In an effort to make information focused on STEM education and careers more accessible to women, has curated a Women and Careers in STEM series for those considering the field. Included are degree overviews, job boards, and perspectives from female professionals already in the industry. Take a look here: 

Where Women Study STEM:

Women in STEM:

STEM Careers:

Maryville University Guide for Women in STEM:
This comprehensive guide from Maryville University aims to educate readers about the gender and diversity gaps in STEM fields:

A Guide for Women in STEM: Closing the Gender Gap
This guide from highlights some of the issues women getting into STEM face, why women should pursue STEM careers, groundbreaking women in STEM and helpful resources for women interested in STEM.

35+ initiatives to get more women into cybersecurity
Explore this deep dive into 35+ initiatives that should prove helpful for women exploring a career in this rapidly growing area.

High Schoolers’ Guide to Preparing for an Engineering College
The demand for STEM jobs and qualified individuals is expected to keep increasing. Here is an article with you that has some great information for high schoolers preparing to advance into a career in STEM fields.

A Guide for Women to Break Into Information Technology
The tech industry is one of the fastest-growing industries and is projected to grow 12% in the next decade. While the tech industry can provide fulfilling careers and abundant paychecks, research has shown that IT and computing jobs are dominated by males. Despite the imbalance, there are many resources for women interested in STEM, including this guide. Atera’s guide includes information on the challenges women face in the industry, a list of different careers related to IT, and resources for tech training for women.

A Profile of Computer Scientist: Grace Hopper
Grace Hopper was a computer programmer who pioneered the development of the compiler, which paved the way for her creation of the COBOL computer programming language. Hopper was also a rear admiral in the U.S. Navy. She was born in 1906 in New York City and died in 1992. In 2016, President Barack Obama posthumously honored Hopper with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Industry and Career Resources for Promoting Diversity in Engineering
We strongly believe that a better balance is necessary within STEM fields and more women and underrepresented minorities must be included in the engineering workforce. With that belief in mind, we created a comprehensive list that details the many advantages gained from diversity, demographics of the engineering industry, and an overview of the different types of engineering careers. Furthermore, our article covers financial resources like grants and scholarships that are targeted toward minorities, engineering internship opportunities, and professional associations and organizations that exist to help improve diversity in engineering.

Guest Blog: Keeping the Lights On: One Volunteer’s Perspective

Keeping the Lights On: One Volunteer’s Perspective

GUEST BLOG POST  |  MAY 17, 2019
By: Katherine Dombrowski

As a long-time volunteer with the Society of St. Vincent de Paul (SVdP), an organization that offers tangible assistance to those in need on a person-to-person basis, I am excited about the strategic nature of TEPRI’s mission to inspire lasting energy solutions for low-income communities. During my 17 years with SVdP, I have visited with hundreds of families in their homes and apartments. The vast majority of my clients need help paying their electric bills – it’s the number one request – and nearly all of them live in housing that is of lower quality and lower energy efficiency than modern standards. As such, my typical client living in a two-bedroom apartment often has a higher electric bill than I do in my four-bedroom house.
The high energy cost associated with poor-quality housing is invisible to the renter who is shopping for a place to live, and it is the low-income consumer who is more likely to pay that high cost.  Once the rental contract is signed and the high utility bills start rolling in, low-income families do not have the power to negotiate with their landlords for efficiency improvements that would lessen their monthly energy burden. The landlords have no financial incentive to upgrade insulation and air conditioners when it is the renters bearing the cost of the inefficiency. When renters are late in paying rent, they face an uphill battle to even ask for a broken appliance to be fixed.  Yet, these low-income renters may pay nearly as much in rent for their poorly insulated apartment with old appliances as their more affluent neighbors with newer, more energy efficient apartments down the street.
Add it all together and you have a huge financial squeeze for thousands of families in the neighborhoods surrounding my north Austin church.   When the squeeze is too tight and my clients default on their rent or on their electric bills, they pay even higher costs when an eviction comes or the electricity is shutoff.  The costs are also emotional, psychological, and physical – a home with no electricity quickly becomes unsafe or uninhabitable.
For this reason, I believe the financial assistance that SVdP provides has its highest value in preventing evictions and electric shut-offs.  Some of my friends tell me that they don’t understand the value of this type of emergency financial assistance.  They believe that time and money would be better spent on more “strategic” investments in low-income families to develop money management skills and job skills.  The idealist in me agrees, but I’m a practical engineer in my day job, and this carries over to my volunteer work.  People don’t have the time or the energy to invest in themselves if they don’t have the security and peace of mind that comes with a stable place to live, with the lights on, and the water flowing.
To quote my society’s patron, St. Vincent de Paul: “Charity is infinitely inventive.” Thus, I am excited about TEPRI’s mission because it fills a vital role in advocating and seeking change for low-income families.  I hope that TEPRI can catalyze innovative solutions for utility providers and local governments to empower low-income consumers and lower their energy burden.  With lower energy bills, low-income families gain more flexibility to meet their other financial needs; and once those basic needs are met, they may have more time for the strategic investment in their families that can bring them out of poverty.
I would be happy to talk with others in the TEPRI community about my experiences providing direct assistance to low-income families needing utility bill assistance, so please feel free to reach out to me at

What Are You Doing With Your Power?

I recently attended AWE’s Oct. 14  “Power Matters Conference” in Omaha. Nearly 75 women from the energy industry joined me in a quest to expand our knowledge about fuel sources, energy markets and environmental issues. The speakers – whose biographies represented decades of higher education, hundreds of professional risks and opportunities, and the continuous paradigm of work/life balance – inspired me to do and be more than I am today as a woman working in the energy industry.


Sue Kelly, APPA President & CEO, encouraged me to become indispensable as a subject matter expert.  Susan Landahl, senior vice president of Exelon Generation, was cautious about subsidies for renewables while expressing compassion for the closure of Pilgrim where her career first began. And, as she does in this video clip, author and Survivor contestant Holly Hoffman inspired me to believe the leadership flame within each of us is an individual’s choice to light.


After attending the “Power Matters Conference,” I am resolved to use my power and influence to:

1)      Help others succeed. One of the best parts of my job as a manager is to give my staff opportunities, encourage them to try new things, and, through their experiences, help our corporate communications department achieve more.

2)      Ask questions, especially when others don’t. Formerly a high school English teacher, I enjoyed the dialogue I had with students who asked questions. I believe in the concept of “life-long learning” and advise others to be selfish in exploring that which interests you.

3)      See things from others’ points of view. I may not always agree with a colleague or friend’s political, philosophical, or management position, but unless I try to understand why they think as they do, I will only see my own. To get the best view of the world, I need to open my window as far as I can.

If I do these three things with a sincere and meaningful heart, I can’t help but become a better person. And isn’t that where the best power lies?