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Women trail in technology careers

State Farm works to close the gap

Nancy Smith   
Nancy Smith  
State Farm Technology Analyst

Women are nearly half of the U.S. workforce, but only 27% of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) workers. By the time students reach college, women are significantly underrepresented in STEM majors – 21% of engineering majors, and 19% of computer and information science majors, are women.

“State Farm promotes IT [Information Technology] engagement with STEM in diverse populations as early as grade school and continues to engage with students through our State Farm Enterprise Technology Internship programs,” said Nancy Smith, State Farm Technology Analyst and STEM lead.

As for her own path to the STEM world, Nancy said, “Since I went into a male-dominated field, I was always intentional about connecting with other women to be inspired by their journeys. Also, being a lifelong learner led to my current role in Enterprise Technology as the STEM Engagement Coordinator to partner with school districts to build a future talent pipeline.”

Pretty Reji, State Farm Technology Director and lead in the Women & Technology (W&T) Employee Resource Group, credits State Farm culture for making progress in STEM career opportunities.

Pretty Reji 
Pretty Reji  
State Farm Technology Director

She said, “The State Farm workplace is known for inclusiveness, opportunity, and personal development where everyone can thrive and do their best and grow personally and professionally. W&T can thrive in this environment as it helps bridge the gap by providing opportunities as a community to support women at State Farm as well as support the young girls in the community.”

There are many ways State Farm, and its external partners, are raising awareness of STEM for women.

Hundreds of State Farm employees volunteer at STEM events.

Technology Women in Leadership also plays an important role in STEM. The group models the importance of women in STEM through its leadership position. Members mentor, work in the schools, serve on the board of a variety of women’s organizations, and more.

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