Latvia mid-ranked for women in STEM education

In recent years, increasing attention has been paid to the representation of women in STEM education fields: natural sciences, mathematics and statistics, information and communication technologies, engineering, manufacturing and construction.

Women are largely underrepresented in these fields and according to Eurostat data published to mark International Women's Day on March 8, Latvia is no exception

In 2021, in the EU, women tertiary education graduates in STEM fields, accounted for 32.8% of the total graduates, +0.3 percentage points (pp) when compared with 2020 (32.5%). 

The highest shares of women tertiary education graduates in STEM in 2021 were recorded in Romania (42.5%), Poland (41.5%), Greece (40.9%) and Italy (39.0%). 

At the other end of the scale, the lowest shares were reported in Belgium (27.4%), Spain and Germany (both 27.7%) and Austria (28.0%). 

Latvia is somewhere in the middle with a figure of 31.8%.

In some other gender-related statistics, Latvia does better, though there appears to still be considerable room for improvement.

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