The Lab salutes the contribution of its female scientists, researchers, engineers and support staff for their contributions in overcoming the world’s energy challenges in a manner compatible with environmental integrity and economic development.
Over the past 15 years, the global community has taken strides to inspire women and girls to pursue a career path in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. However, that process is far from finished.
At present, less than 30% of researchers worldwide are women. According to data collected by United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, only around 30% of all female students select STEM-related fields in higher education. Globally, female students’ enrollment is particularly low in integrated communications technology (3%), natural science, mathematics and statistics (5%) and in engineering, manufacturing and construction (8%).
On Dec. 22, 2015, the U.N. General Assembly adopted a resolution establishing an annual International Day to recognize the critical role women and girls play in science and technology communities.
Improved recruitment, retention and promotion policies, along with continuous learning and up-skilling for women can go a long way toward closing this gap, which is vital for the health of the global economy increasingly driven by advanced technology.
NETL is committed to the goal of empowering female talent through its workforce development initiatives and internship programs. By expanding its STEM education and outreach capabilities, the Lab is also committed to reaching and inspiring those still in school to embark on lucrative and empowering STEM career paths.
“By closing the gender gap, we have everything to gain,” NETL Director Brian Anderson said. “Expanding our talent pool means we bring new perspectives and ideas, without which we can never realize the goal of powering the future and leveraging the maximum potential of the nation’s resources. The greatest of these resources by far is its people.”