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Lucrative STEM Jobs Aren’t Just for Men…

Doreen Yomoah |Akilah Net   in  ·
April 24, 2015

In recent years, you may have noticed the media buzz around STEM, shorthand for science, technology, engineering, and math. STEM careers are all the rage, and with good reason: The fields boast a wide range of well-paying, challenging, and rewarding jobs.

But women are missing out, particularly in Africa. In Central Asia, nearly half of STEM researchers are women, while only one-third are female in sub-Saharan Africa. In Kenya, women constitute just a quarter of STEM researchers, and in Burundi that number drops to one in six.

Women may be underrepresented in STEM worldwide –only one out of five countries has achieved gender equality in STEM research — but that doesn’t make it okay. So how can females in East Africa buck the trend and seize lucrative career opportunities in STEM fields?

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