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One respondent explained it this way: “People automatically assume I am the secretary, or in a less technical role because I am female.
This makes it difficult for me to build a technical network to get my work done.
Discrimination and sexual harassment are seen as more frequent, and gender is perceived as more of an impediment than an advantage to career success.
Nearly half (48%) of female STEM workers in majority-male workplaces say that sexual harassment is a problem where they work.
About four-in-ten (42%) women in computer jobs consider workplace sexual harassment a problem where they work, compared with three-in-ten (30%) men in computer jobs.
Women are a majority of those working in health-related occupations but just 14%, on average, of those in engineering jobs. And that for Hispanics has gone up from 4% to 7%, while their share of the U. They also tend to do so more than blacks in non-STEM jobs (50%), with many saying they have been treated as if they were not competent because of their race or ethnicity.
In computer occupations, a job cluster which includes computer scientists, systems analysts, software developers, information systems managers and programmers – the STEM job cluster that has seen the most growth in recent decades – women’s representation has actually decreased from 32% in 1990 to 25% today. The share of blacks working in STEM jobs has gone from 7% in 1990 to 9% today (blacks make up 11% of the total U. Blacks in STEM jobs are particularly likely to say there is too little attention to racial and ethnic diversity where they work (57%).