Making Waves: 6 Women in Hawai‘i with Careers in STEM Share Their Stories

Only a quarter of STEM jobs in the U.S. are filled by women. Here are six making a difference in Hawai‘i.

By Kim Steutermann Rogers

Ka‘iulani Murphy aboard Hōkūle‘a. photo: aaron k. yoshino

Hawai‘i’s volcanic origin and isolation in the middle of the largest ocean on Earth naturally lends itself to careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM—from ocean depths to outer space and everything in between. Many of these fast-growing careers require the very skills taught in science and math classes.

Yet according to the U.S. Department of Commerce, while women filled 47 percent of total jobs in the U.S. in 2015, they only filled 24 percent of STEM jobs. And according to a report by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine published earlier this year and two years in the making—well before the #MeToo movement—sexual harassment in academia continues to be a deterrent to women in STEM, along with gender bias and stereotypes. Read more

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