Gen Z’s Role in Empowering Women to Enter The STEM & AI Workforce
There is a clear gender disparity problem in STEM and AI. Just 28% of females constitute the fields of science, technology, engineering and math, 12.2% of IT board members are women, only 12% of the world’s machine learning researches are females, and a mere 13.8% of all AI research has been authored by women. These numbers speak for themselves. Moreover, the Coronavirus-aided, rapid digital transformation of society means that we need to prepare everyone for the digital economy––especially women, who are at highest risk for job automation. Thankfully, Gen Z’s emphasis on gender equality and ever-increasing workplace presence can greatly aid in empowering women to enter the fields of STEM and AI. Moreover, this step is necessary in order to achieve the fullest potential of modern global digitalization.
Inclusion is a core value that the True Generation encapsulates. Let’s look at some statistics for the sake of clarity:
Gen Z is the most diverse generation in history
72% of Gen Z believes racial equality to be the most important issue today
63% of Gen Z feels that it is it is most important to work with people with diverse education and skill levels
77% of Gen Z said that a company's level of diversity affects their decision to work there
Findings show as many as 42% of Gen Z parents consider gender equality the most pressing value to them
When Gen Z begins to penetrate global workplaces, their inclusion-driven mindset will be pivotal in encouraging women to pursue their passion and ambitions within STEM and AI. But this isn't the only factor at play. Gen Z believes in upskilling/reskilling, and believes that going into STEM and AI is necessary. In fact, according to LinkedIn:
76% of Gen Z professionals feel that the skills necessary in today’s workforce are different from the skills necessary in past generations. Similarly, 91% of L&D leaders agree the skills necessary for today’s workforce have changed
The majority of Gen Z (59%) don’t feel their job will exist in the same form 20 years from now
Therefore, our generation understands that the only way to survive and thrive in the digital economy of tomorrow is to fully embrace reskilling/upskilling. This knowledge, combined with the fact that Gen Z wants women to succeed in the digital economy, makes it clear that our generation has what it takes to encourage women to not only tap into STEM and AI, but to also excel on their digital quests.