Oil companies such as Chevron are working to address the gender equality problem by investing in programs focused on advancing women in science, technology, engineering and math careers, but the industry is decades away from a major breakthrough in this regard. Women make up 22% of the global oil and natural gas workforce, the second smallest percentage of women in an industry after construction, according to the Boston Consulting Group, and that's partly because women aren't encouraged to take up STEM careers as often as men are, says Stacey Olson, a Chevron vice president.
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