Some good news….. According to NSF figures released today, the number of women engineering doctorates in the U.S. almost doubled over the 10-year time span, 2005-2015. In 2005, there were 1182 women doctorates awarded in engineering. In 2015, that number was 2301 (95% higher). The number of women doctorates in chemistry and physics also increased: there were 1077 chemistry PhD degrees awarded to women in 2015 (up 49%). The number of new women physicists and astronomers with doctoral degree rose 82% to 454. Women PhD degrees in mathematics and computer sciences rose from 547 in 2005 to 943 (up 72%).
Now the less good news…. The percentage of women gaining PhD degrees in engineering was 18% in 2005 and 23% in 2015. At this rate, women engineering doctorates will achieve parity with men in about 50 years. Hang in there, ladies, your grandchildren will hopefully see no gender difference among engineering PhD graduates. Worth waiting for!