Increasing Diversity in STEM Fields

Diversity matters, not just because it’s the right thing to do, but because it makes good business sense. Not only do we need more women in the STEM field, but more overall diversity. A mix of backgrounds, thoughts, and approaches to problem-solving makes us stronger and more resilient to marketplace changes.

We need to build up the ecosystem of women and diverse leaders in tech, starting with having more role models for women to look up to. Young women need to see examples of people like them, pursuing their passions, so they can be empowered to do the same. And it’s not enough just to have women in tech; we need female inventors, founders, and C-level executives to serve as role models and advocates for other women in all stages of their careers.

Today, at AT&T women can reach their highest potential. They’re innovators, team players and leaders. Some of the world’s finest inventions and innovations come from AT&T women in STEM, including Dr. Shirley Jackson, whose work at Bell Laboratories led to the create of fiber optic cables and caller ID. More than 13,600 women from diverse backgrounds work in STEM roles and more than 1,100 have earned patents.

Where I See Women in STEM in Five Years

Women in STEM have much to look forward to, including a change in the dynamics of the field. They are feeling less isolated, more capable of being hired for their skills and assets, and more optimistic about the future of their careers.

Without the participation of women in STEM, we have only half the brainpower, half the spirit, and ultimately, half the potential. We need more female voices in STEM to gain new perspectives. As more female students realize the impact their work can have on the environment, human rights, and more, our world will change for the better.