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ERIC Number: ED585396
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Jul-6
Pages: 31
Abstractor: ERIC
Women and Education: Qualifications, Skills and Technology. Women in Canada: A Gender-Based Statistical Report
Ferguson, Sarah Jane
Statistics Canada
Canada's knowledge-based economy--especially the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)--continues to grow. Related changes in the economy, including shifts to globalized markets and an emphasis on innovation and technology, all mean that education is more and more an integral component of economic and social well-being. At the same time, women in Canada have become increasingly well-educated and today represent a larger share of the labour market than they have ever represented previously. However, women continue to have fewer apprenticeship or trades certificates as well as STEM university degrees than their male counterparts. The trajectory of women's education and career path can be understood through the lens of a 'pipeline' metaphor. Researchers have used this perspective to talk about women in STEM, noting that there are 'leaks' in the pipeline in the earliest years of schooling right through to employment with many women either studying in non-STEM fields or subsequently not working in occupations related to STEM fields of study. This report begins with an overall profile of women's education in Canada and then examines various points along the pipeline such as mathematics and reading skills in high school, young women who are not working or in school, field of study patterns and labour market outcomes and employment income of STEM and non-STEM fields of study.
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Publication Type: Reports - Research; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: Statistics Canada
Identifiers - Location: Canada
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