Did you know that women fill close to half of all the jobs in the U.S., but they hold less than 25% of all STEM jobs?
The energy industry is changing faster than ever and as global demand for energy grows, so too does the demand for lower-carbon resources. Meeting the world’s need for more energy requires a spirit of invention and purpose — both today and in the future.
But, just as the energy sector needs more innovators, the U.S. faces a chronic shortage of graduates with the right skills in science, technology, engineering and math (otherwise known as ‘STEM’ subjects).
Untapped talent pools
Together, women and minorities make up more than half of the US population, yet they are much less likely to earn STEM degrees or become STEM professionals. That means women represent one of the largest untapped STEM talent pools in the country. Closing these talent gaps can pay big dividends, both for businesses and individuals.
Did you know?
Women in STEM jobs earn 33 percent more than those in non-STEM occupations – and experience a smaller wage gap relative to men? (Source: Million Women Mentors)
That is why BP is committed to improving pathways to STEM education and careers, especially for girls and other underrepresented minorities.
For these reasons, BP is proud to support Million Women Mentors (MWM). Recognizing the value and breadth of our employees’ vast knowledge and experience, BP supports programming that can directly impact students and communities. The partnership with MWM provides employees with one such opportunity to make a real difference in not only someone’s life, but also in the future of the global economy.
What is Million Women Mentors?
The Million Women Mentors® (MWM) movement supports the engagement of more than one million STEM mentors (both male and female) with the goal to increase the interest and confidence of girls and young women to persist and succeed in STEM programs and careers by 2020.