For more than 35 years, women have outnumbered men on college campuses across the country, yet men still dominate science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) classrooms. According to a new study, much like STEM classrooms, women entrepreneurs own only one-third of all STEM-related businesses.
“Innovation and entrepreneurship are critical to driving economic growth in all industries. However, in STEM fields, the potential for economic gain is particularly high, especially from commercialization of innovations. To drive growth, we need broad and inclusive participation from men and women.” said Laura Morrison, study author and economist at RTI International. “Inclusive innovation begins with the pipeline of STEM-trained entrepreneurs. We need to facilitate entrepreneurial opportunities for women in STEM, as well as encourage women and girls to pursue STEM education.”