Our STEM Initiative
creating pathways to high-growth, high-income jobs
We are committed to women’s economic self-sufficiency and we believe improving educational and career opportunities for girls and women in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) fields will empower more women to secure economic independence through greater lifetime earnings and increased entrepreneurial opportunities.
In 2016, WFCO and our STEM Coalition developed the report “Gender Equity in Colorado’s STEM Industries: The Case for Focused Workforce Investment” as a guide for people who want to drive change within their own companies.
Nationally, and in Colorado, the demand for a skilled STEM workforce is growing and STEM jobs offer higher salaries than non-STEM jobs. Women working in STEM jobs earn, on average, 33% more than those in other fields, yet women account for only 24% of the STEM workforce. In Colorado, women earn more than 50% of two-year and four-year degrees, but less than 30% of Colorado graduates in STEM are women. Women’s under-representation in STEM fields begins early, with gender gaps in STEM interests beginning in middle school and growing throughout high school, college, and career. Far too many girls and women are discouraged from pursuing success in STEM fields. Now is the time for change.
Why partner with WFCO?
For years, we have partnered with organizations across the state to offer engaging learning opportunities to inspire and prepare more girls to pursue STEM majors and careers. We continue to invest in effective programs that encourage girls in STEM, and we are working actively to engage key stakeholders from the business community in these efforts. Together with our partners, WFCO seeks a deeper understanding of why girls and women are under-represented in STEM and to identify and implement effective strategies for addressing those challenges.
The Women’s Foundation of Colorado (WFCO) STEM Coalition is comprised of leading employers in STEM fields who share our long-term committment to lasting and meaningful change and dedicate their time, leadership, knowledge, expert perspective, and financial resources of at least $10,000 a year for three years to provide guidance and support as we:
- Develop a deeper understanding of the reasons girls and women are under-represented in STEM fields and how to address the challenges with STEM talent development
- Partner with The Colorado Education Initiative (CEI) and its STEM Champions to lead implementation of the gender equity components of the Colorado STEM Education Roadmap
- Invest in community partners offering STEM programming for girls and women to improve learning and career opportunities
Read the report by The Women's Foundation of Colorado with the support of the STEM Coalition "Gender Equity in Colorado's STEM Industries: The Case for Focused Workforce Investment."
To learn more about partnering with The Women’s Foundation of Colorado to improve opportunities for girls and women in STEM, please contact us.
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