Why So Few? Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Advisory

March 18, 2010

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:
Lisa Goodnight, goodnightl@aauw.org
202.785.7738

 

New NSF-Funded Study Points to Barriers Facing Girls and Women

WHAT: Presentation of Why So Few?, a comprehensive report on the controversial issue of why women continue to lag behind men in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
WHEN: The report is embargoed for release at 12:01 a.m. EDT, Monday, March 22, 2010. A presentation and panel discussion on the report will be held in Washington, D.C., on Thursday, March 25, 2010, and broadcast live online.
WHY: In an era in which women are increasingly represented in medicine, law, and business, why do they continue to lag behind men in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics?AAUW sheds new light on the so-called STEM controversy with the release of its comprehensive new report, Why So Few? Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, which was funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation.

Drawing upon a large and diverse body of research, AAUW’s report provides compelling evidence of environmental and social barriers — including gender bias, stereotypes, and the climate within college and university science and engineering departments — that continue to limit women’s participation and progress.

WHO: AAUW advances equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research. Founded in 1881, AAUW is a 501(c)(3) charitable membership organization, with a nationwide network of nearly 100,000 members, 1,000 branches, and 500 college/university partners. Learn more at www.aauw.org.
NOTE: Visit aauw.org/whysofew for more information on the report or whysofew.eventbrite.com for more on the March 25 event.

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