8th Annual
WISE Luncheon
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Women in Science with Excellence (WISE) is an initiative of BioHouston dedicated to advancing women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). WISE is a movement celebrating exceptional women in technical disciplines. By connecting women of all ages, WISE inspires girls to turn their interest in STEM into a life-long passion.

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FACTS

Advancing math and science means nurturing the innovation and creativity of all people—both men and women. To do this, we must create a huge cultural shift. We must overcome unintentional gender bias and drive the advancement of women, who make up a small, but rapidly increasing proportion of our STEM talent.

As women have emerged in science and technology fields, we’ve gained access to twice the number of brains—and that is good for our economy, our society, and our world.

3x GrowthIn the past 10 years, STEM jobs in the United States have grown at three times the pace of non-STEM jobs.

Scattered Dots Represent PercentageIn a recent poll, 88% of all girls want to make a difference in the world, and 90% want to help people.

FACILITATING INTERACTIONS BETWEEN GIRLS AND SUCCESSFUL WOMEN IN STEM ALLOWS THEM TO RECOGNIZE AND CONQUER PERCEIVED BARRIERS TO THEIR PERSONAL FULFILLMENT IN THE SCIENCES.

Physics PH.D.s

facts-20perEach extra year of a girl’s education is associated with a 10 to 20% increase in income.

facts-18perThe percentage of women receiving bachelor’s degrees in engineering is approximately 18%.

facts-onehalfThe number of female scholarly award winners is only half —and in some cases a third or even a quarter—of what it should be given the number of female Ph.D.s.

facts-24perWomen represent 49% of the U.S. workforce, but only 24% of the STEM workforce.

facts-19perWomen were awarded approximately 19% less doctoral degrees in science and engineering than
men in 2011.

GIRLS MATCHED WITH MENTORS AND EXPERTS IN STEM FIELDS HAVE GREATER CONFIDENCE AND GUIDANCE TO APPLY THEIR ENHANCED EDUCATION TOWARD STEM SUCCESS.

4k LessFemale physicists, chemists and biologists earn, on average, nearly $4,000 less than males.

86 CentsFor every dollar a man makes in STEM, women in STEM make $0.86.