Women and girls made significant progress in the sciences over the last two decades, particularly in medicine and the biological sciences. But women’s gains have stalled – and in some cases eroded – in engineering and computer sciences, despite effective new programs to increase women’s participation in these fields.
At a time when U.S. industry cannot fill the openings for technically advanced jobs, women are grossly underutilized. Equally important are the perspectives women bring to the sciences, often leading them to different decisions on allocating research dollars, targeting drug testing protocols, and developing technology to benefit communities.
Related Conference Summaries:
Transforming Academia for Women (and Men) in Science (2005 Annual Conference)
Powering the Future: Advancing Women and Girls in Science and Technology (2004 Annual Conference)