Underrepresented group

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An underrepresented group describes a subset of a population that holds a smaller percentage within a significant subgroup than the subset holds in the general population. Specific characteristics of an underrepresented group vary depending on the subgroup being considered.

Underrepresented groups in STEM[edit]

Underrepresented groups in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics in the United States include women[1] and some minorities. In the United States, women made up 50% of the college-educated workers in 2010, but only 28% of the science and engineering workers. Other underrepresented groups in science and engineering included African Americans, American Indians, Alaskan Natives, and Hispanics, who collectively formed 26% of the population, but accounted for only 10% of the science and engineering workers.[2]

Underrepresented groups in computing, a subset of the STEM fields, include Hispanics, and African-Americans. In the United States in 2015, Hispanics were 15% of the population and African-Americans were 13%, but their representation in the workforces of major tech companies in technical positions typically runs less than 5% and 3%, respectively.[3] Similarly, women, providing approximately 50% of the general population, typically comprise less than 20% of the technology and leadership positions in the major technology companies.[3]

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  1. ^ Lambert, Froniga (2003). "News: The Royal Society Rosalind Franklin Award". Notes and Records of the Royal Society. 57 (2): 265–266. doi:10.1098/rsnr.2003.0211. ISSN 0035-9149. less than 9% of the United Kingdom's full-time and part-time Professors in Science are women closed access
  2. ^ "Minorities, Women Still Underrepresented in STEM Fields, Study finds". Retrieved 2016-03-29.
  3. ^ a b "2015 Diversity Report Card". Retrieved 2016-03-29.

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