Wake Invests in Women is focusing on STEM occupations — science, technology, engineering and math — because that’s where the gender gaps are greatest. In STEM fields, Black women account for only 5% of the workforce in Wake County, while Latina women account for only 1% of the workforce. The goal of Wake Invests in Women is to increase the number of women in the pipeline for the higher-wage, higher-demand jobs in STEM-related fields, and to achieve pay equity. The first year of the Wake Invests in Women Challenge is being launched as a pilot. The goal is to encourage most — if not all — local employers to rise to the challenge next summer. Wake Invests in Women is funded by Wake County and supported by numerous organizations, including the Raleigh Chamber, the NCSU Belk Center, the NC Business Committee for Education (NCBCE), RTI International, CREE/Wolfspeed, and Wake Tech Trustee Dr. Saundra Williams.
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