WFPL Radio, Louisville Ranks 4th Among Peer Cities For Women In Science, Engineering, Tech and Math Jobs
By Jacob Ryan
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Date Published: 6/20/2014
When Suzanne Bergmeister was young, her parents said she could be anything she wanted.
So she became an engineer.
When she graduated from Rutgers’ University College of Engineering in 1984 “less than 20 percent” of women were pursuing a career in engineering, she said.
The percentage of women actually working in engineering in the 1980s was just about 5 percent, according to the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.
To Bergmeister’s dismay, she said, the current number of women pursuing careers or working in engineering is not much higher.
In Louisville, progress is being made to attract women not only to jobs in engineering, but also in science, technology and math, also known as STEM fields.
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