The New York Times has written a great piece about the new year, and in doing so, gave a preview of the coming year.
The Times points out that 2017 will see an increase in the number of women and minorities working in STEM fields, with “more women than ever working in science and engineering” at NASA and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, which is responsible for rocket launches.
“For many women, the new century will be the year of STEM.
Women will take on more STEM jobs and lead more STEM careers than ever before, from nurses and doctors to engineers and scientists,” the Times writes.
The piece also notes that, “as women become more successful in the sciences, more women and minority workers will also be employed in STEM.”
As the Times notes, the New York City subway system has been the most diverse subway system in the country since it opened in 1965, and it’s also the busiest.
That’s no surprise, because it’s an overwhelmingly white, heavily white area.
However, the Times’ piece also offers a few thoughts about the ways that the year is different for people of color and LGBTQIA+ folks, and highlights some other positive trends that it highlights.
The article is filled with references to issues of racial justice and LGBTQ representation, highlighting that “white men are responsible for almost a third of the nation’s prison population, while black and Hispanic men account for just 1.5 percent.”
The article also highlights that, while the U.S. is now one of the most ethnically diverse countries in the world, “this is just the beginning of the journey.”
In addition to its diverse workforce, the article also notes, “the United States is the only country in the OECD with a female majority of full-time jobs.
That means, more than half of all Americans now work in jobs that require some level of formal training in a STEM field.”
It’s also important to note that the number is up from 30 percent in 2015.
The U.K. has also seen an increase, with the percentage of full time jobs in the UK at about 50 percent.
And while the numbers are lower in the U:S., there are also some notable differences in the numbers, with Hispanic women more than twice as likely to be in STEM occupations as white women.
The most notable difference is that Hispanic women are almost three times as likely as white men to have degrees in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), but only slightly more likely to have STEM degrees in other areas.
As the New Yorker article notes, there’s a lot more to the story, and the piece also includes a list of other statistics, including the number and percentages of LGBTQIA+, people of Color, and women and women+ minorities in the workforce, and what those numbers mean for the economy.
In other words, this article does a good job of highlighting the diversity that exists in the American workforce.
There’s a ton more to this story, but we’ll get into that in a bit.
If you’d like to read the full article, head over to the New Republic.
And for more on the year, check out our roundup of the best new titles of 2017.