Women’s History Month facts of the day – March 23rd – March 25th

  • March 25th – The demographics of students attracted to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields demonstrate a significant gender and race gap. Male students are more than three times as likely to be interested in STEM than female students, and that gap is widening. Across the country, Hispanic and African-American high school students continue to lag behind their Caucasian and Asian peers in STEM engagement.
[Source – http://www.usnews.com/news/blogs/stem-education/2013/01/31/report-many-high-schoolers-giving-up-on-stem]
  • March 24th – In the 113th U.S. Congress, of the 97 women serving, 29.9% are women of color. In addition, an African American woman and a Caribbean American woman serve as delegates to the House from Washington D.C. and the Virgin Islands, respectively.
[Source – http://www.cawp.rutgers.edu/fast_facts/levels_of_office/Congress-CurrentFacts.php]
  • March 23rd – Women hold 97 (18.1%) of the 535 seats in the 113th U.S. Congress: 20 of the 100 seats in the Senate, and 77 (17.7%), of the 435 seats in the House of Representatives. In addition, three women serve as delegates to the House from Guam, the Virgin Islands, and Washington, D.C.
[Source – http://www.cawp.rutgers.edu/fast_facts/levels_of_office/Congress-CurrentFacts.php]

These facts were taken directly from a Defense Equal Opportunity management Institute Directorate of Research Development and Strategic Initiatives publication.  Additional facts will be posted throughout the month of March, 2013.

For more on Women’s History Month visit the Navy Personnel Command’s Women’s History Month Page

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