The Rise of Women in STEM Across Europe
Women have had an uphill battle when it comes to obtaining positions in STEM fields- but could the tides be turning, for the better?
Not so long ago it was almost unheard of to have a female engineer, programmer, or scientist. Even in the 21st century the gender gap persists- recent research from Stanford University has shown that women in STEM consistently get paid less than their male counterparts for the same positions, and let’s not forget the lawsuit taken out against Google in 2017 by dozens of female ex-employees alleging sexism.
However, there is a hopeful trend emerging across Europe. More and more women are working in STEM, and the percentage has risen significantly in many countries from 2008 to 2019, when data was last obtained. In several countries, more women than men work in STEM.
Eastern Europe (excluding Norway, of course) is rated as one of the best places for women to work in STEM- even in the countries where an equal gender balance is not achieved, Eastern Europe as a whole boasts an impressive rate of women in the STEM workforce, especially compared to their Western neighbors.
While women must fight against social forces to obtain degrees, careers, and the respect of male counterparts, it is an overwhelmingly positive trend that is currently taking place today, and we at Synculario are looking forward to the day when every country not only has an equal balance of men and women, but treats their women fairly as well.
Written by, Raina Fei