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How are women doing in STEM occupations?

Bureau of Labor Statistics reminds us that International Women’s Day was first celebrated on March 19, 1911. During International Women’s Year in 1975, the United Nations began celebrating International Women’s Day on March 8.

In the United States, the first National Woman’s Day was observed on February 28, 1909. The Socialist Party of America designated this day to honor the 1908 garment workers’ strike in New York, where women protested against poor working conditions. Since President Jimmy Carter’s Presidential Proclamation in 1980, March has included a celebration of National Women’s History.

Three broad occupational groups have many STEM jobs: life, physical, and social science occupations; computer and mathematical occupations; and architecture and engineering occupations.

Nearly half of the people in life, physical, and social science occupations are women.

About 1 in 4 people working in computer and mathematical occupations are women.

About 1 in 6 people working in architecture and engineering occupations are women.

Here’s a look at women’s shares in more specific STEM occupations.

Read more data on the Bureau of Labor Statistics blog"Celebrating Women in STEM Occupations", March 6, 2019, which celebrates women in the labor force, especially those working in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) professions at:

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