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ASME Infographic Explores Increasing Diversity in STEM


ASME has released a new infographic highlighting increasing diversity in STEM based on the "2021 Women, Minorities, and Persons with Disabilities in Science and Engineering" report by the National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics.

According to the report, the growth of women and underrepresented groups in STEM has been slow; however, diversity initiatives at colleges are beginning to have an effect. The number of women receiving engineering doctoral degrees has doubled over the past decade, although it remains small (24.5%). Women and underrepresented groups (which includes Hispanic or Latino, Black or African American, American Indian, or Alaskan Native individuals) have been gaining ground in science and engineering fields, but engineering lags far behind healthcare and biology. Among graduate student enrollment in science and engineering fields in 2018, Black or African American women made up a larger share of all women enrolled (7.7%) than the share of Black or African American men enrolled (4.7%).

Learn more about diversity in STEM over the past decade in the ASME infographic.

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