Women in technical professions
On International Women's Day, we asked ourselves: Can jobs still be divided into "male jobs" and "female jobs"? Today, men work as kindergarten teachers, hairdressers and nurses. So far so good. But if you look at statistics on MINT degrees and jobs (Mathematics, Computer Science, Science and Technology), it becomes clear that there is still a large under-representation of women in this field. In the US, 57% of bachelor graduates are female and at the same time women account for only 20% of bachelor degrees in MINT courses. In the business world, too, only about 25% of MINT positions are filled by women. There are still many areas that are clearly dominated by men.
One argument that is often put forward is that women are simply not interested in these areas. But this argument is wrong. 74% of the female high-school students surveyed are interested in studying and working in MINT areas. Various factors keep them from following their passion.
The goal should be to break down these barriers because the economy needs women in MINT. They bring a new perspective, new ideas and new solutions to a fast-growing sector. Especially in the digital age and the many challenges that it brings, we need more diversity!