Moving the Dial on Women in STEM: A TD Economics Report

Today, like ten years ago, there's only one female engineering graduate for every four males. The representation of women graduating in computer science programs has edged down since the 1990s.  Too few women pursuing STEM education and careers continues to be a challenge within a global economy that demands more of these skills. 

"There's no question that progress has occurred, but at a painfully slow pace," said Beata Caranci, Chief Economist, TD Bank Group. "The persistence of low female representation will bear a larger and larger economic cost with time."

Filling the gap through immigration is only half of the solution.  The other is to ensure Canada is fully leveraging the potential within its own backyard. 

In the TD Economics report on Women in STEM: Bridging the Divide, Caranci explores the myriad of reasons why the gender gap in education and the workplace persists.

Report highlights:

  • Relative to young women, high school male youths consistently hold a higher self-perception of their abilities, regardless of their mathematical scores. This automatically makes them more likely to choose a STEM program in university.
  • Schools such as Harvey Mudd College and Stanford University have been able to significantly and rapidly increase their share of female computer science graduates by adapting curriculum to be more inclusive, provide more exposure, and linking education to various careers.
  • Within the workplace, women with STEM-related university degrees are overrepresented within lower paying technical jobs compared to professional roles.

For more information and analysis, click here for the full TD Economics report.

Learn more about how TD is focused on recruiting women in technology.

Beata Caranci

Senior Vice President and Chief Economist

TD Bank Group