This year the International Women’s Day celebrates its 100th anniversary. Great strides have been made over these past 100 years in reaching gender equality: women’s right to vote or run for office are virtually universal, women’s participation on the workforce has increased and the percentage of women earning college degrees or higher have reached parity with men’s.
The rate of progress of women’s rights in the US can be seen in the newly published Women in America report by the White House. Along with the good news, the document also highlights some of the challenges that still remain. The gender gap in earnings has narrowed but still remains, women continue to do most of the domestic chores on households where both wife and husband work and women are still under-represented in management positions as well as higher earning Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) occupations.
Applied Materials engineer Rozalia Beica guest-blogs for The Huffington Post's education section in a blog post published this week as part of non-profit organization Change The Equation 's campaign encouraging education in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Rozalia's inspiring story speaks to how she stumbled into the engineering field as a shy student and eventually came to love engineering and the excitement and collaboration of working in the semiconductor industry. She is now seen as an expert in the field helping to enable cutting edge technology of the future as part of Applied Materials' Silicon Systems Group .
Applied Materials' Christi Marrufo shares her career path in the high tech industry in a recent issue of Workforce Diversity for Engineering and IT Professionals magazine.
In a feature on computer science as a top career field, Christi details her responsibilities as Director of Front End Services, Global Information Services, and speaks to what she enjoys most about working in the IT industry. Below is an excerpt from the article:
In this month's issue of Profiles in Diversity Journal magazine, Mary Humiston, Group Vice President, Global Human Resources (HR), is profiled as one of the publication's annual "Women Worth Watching" in the coming year for her critical role in an organizational transformation that requires Applied Materials to attract, retain and inspire the best possible talent around the world. By driving key initiatives including manager excellence, leadership development, and employee engagement, Mary and her team are re-inventing the way Applied Materials enables its workforce, while reinforcing HR’s role as a critical business partner to the company’s continued success.