Where We Stand

Research has shown, time and again, that diversity is critical for driving innovation. Yet certain gender and racial groups continue to be underrepresented across STEM fields, limiting the full potential of the scientific enterprise.

Although women make up 48 percent of the US workforce and earn half of the bachelor’s degrees in STEM, they only represent 27 percent of STEM workers. Nearly 14 percent of the US population identifies as Black and they represent 11 percent of the overall workforce in the country, but only 9 percent of STEM workers. As for people who identify as Hispanic, they make up 16 percent of the workforce, but only 7 percent of all STEM workers. Learn more about the state of STEM.

To increase the representation within Gladstone of groups underrepresented in biomedical research, we first need to understand our starting point.

Although women are well represented in our community, we can improve the number of women in leadership and investigator positions. As for representing different ethnic identities, we still have a lot of work to do before our community begins to accurately reflect the country’s population.

Representation by Gender


  • In 2022 Gladstone's People Services collaborated with the LGBTQ+ group to add a "Non-binary" option to the gender question. Non-binary is an umbrella term for people with gender identities that fall outside of what has traditionally been called male or female. As the non-binary option was recently added, we anticipate that the number of people who identify as non-binary may change over the next couple of years and this current number may not be reflective of our population. 
  • Gladstone's overall representation of women increased from 56 percent in 2021 to 59.9 percent in 2023.
  • Representation of women in leadership increased from 30 percent in 2021 to 33 percent in 2023.

Representation by Ethnicity


  • Since 2021, the representation of people who identify as Black/African American has increased overall in all employee groups (from 2% to 3.5%), except admin. To note, Black postdocs increased from 0% to 5%.