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Women, Minorities, and Persons with Disabilities in Science and Engineering


The science and engineering (S&E) workforce is composed largely of people who earned S&E degrees over roughly four decades. Because older cohorts of S&E workers are disproportionately white and male, women and minorities constitute a smaller percentage of the overall S&E workforce than of degree recipients who recently joined the workforce. Persons with disabilities are also underrepresented in the S&E workforce, compared with the college-educated population as a whole.