WASHINGTON (1 March 2017) — Women are earning a larger share of college degrees, and the demand for STEM-educated professionals has grown more than four times the rate of the U.S. labor force as a whole. Nevertheless, women’s representation in STEM occupations has remained relatively flat — or is decreasing — worldwide.

In March, IEEE-USA E-BOOKS will offer “Women in Engineering — Book 1: Inspire and Close the Gender Gap” free to IEEE members. In it, author Nita Patel examines the questions:

  • How many women pursue STEM career fields?
  • Why are more women not graduating with STEM degrees?
  • How can we recruit and retain women in engineering?

Readers should note that data representing a global perspective on the issue of women in STEM fields is included, wherever available. Employment, education and statistical data are most readily available and detailed for the United States, so many of the statistics and trends identified pertain strictly to this country.

IEEE-USA’s award-winning “Women in Engineering” e-book series has two purposes: to present a high-level overview of women in STEM fields, and to provide first-hand accounts of the professional journeys of some notable contemporary female engineers.

Now through 15 April, IEEE members can get a free download of this e-book by going to: https://ieeeusa.org/product/women-in-engineering-book-1-volume-1-inspire-and-close-the-gender-gap/. Log in with your IEEE Web account, add the book to your cart and use promo code MARFREE17 at checkout.


In April, IEEE-USA will offer “Developing Your People — Commonsense Leadership in the Workplace — Volume 1: Key Skills Employees Will Need,” free to IEEE members.

Your people are your most important and versatile resource. They can be upgraded, renewed, rejuvenated and adapted to a wide variety of jobs. They are the most ideal resource any company can possess. Equipped with the right support, tools, information and leadership, they will make the difference in the global race for market share. Mistreat them, fail to use them effectively, demotivate them, refuse to lead them, and ignore the value of their skills — and you risk certain failure.


IEEE-USA E-BOOKS seeks authors to write an individual e-book, or a series, on career guidance and development topics. If you have an idea you think will benefit members in a particular area of expertise, please email your proposal to IEEE-USA Publishing Manager Georgia C. Stelluto at g.stelluto@ieee.org.

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