Over the past two decades, women have been more likely than men to receive an undergraduate degree. Despite this accomplishment, women earn degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) at about half the rate of men. This disparity caught the attention of the United Nations. In 2015, it proclaimed February 11th of each year International Day of Women and Girls in Science to promote equal access and participation of women and girls in STEM fields.
Science and gender equality in STEM is vital for the achievement of the internationally agreed-upon development goals of the UN, including the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The global community has made strides in inspiring and engaging women and girls in science, yet they continue to be underrepresented.
Gender equality in science ensures diversity in research, expands the pool of talented researchers, and brings fresh perspectives. In addition, women entering STEM fields gain access to a wider variety of employment opportunities, some with significantly higher pay than in other areas. The global demand for STEM skills continues to grow, and we must ensure women and girls take advantage of it.
At AspenTech, we are fortunate to have a prominent contingent of women in STEM. In recognition of this day, we highlight some women scientists and engineers who make up the AspenTech family.
We thank and celebrate all women, throughout AspenTech, for contributing to our mission of helping accelerate our customers’ digital transformation by optimizing assets to run safer, greener, longer and faster.
The AspenTech Gives Back committee was pleased to provide a monetary donation to the Society of Women Engineers in the Houston Area that will be used for upcoming professional development, K-12, and Outreach events. The AspenTech Women’s Leadership Forum was also pleased to support the Armenian International Women’s Association with a monetary donation in support and recognition of this day.