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

March 22, 2010


Lisa Goodnight, goodnightl@aauw.org


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

WASHINGTON – 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?

Why So Few? Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics is a comprehensive report on the controversial issue of the continued underrepresentation of women in these fields. The report was funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation, the AAUW Letitia Corum Memorial Fund, the AAUW Mooneen Lecce Giving Circle, and the AAUW Eleanor Roosevelt Fund.

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

A presentation on the report will be held at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., on Thursday, March 25, 2010, at 10 a.m. EDT. It will also be broadcast live online. The presentation will be followed by a panel discussion among invited experts on how to move this important research to practice.

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 more than 100,000 members and donors, 1,000 branches, and 500 college/university partners.

Visit aauw.org/WhySoFew for more information on the report. To register for the live webcast presentation and dialogue on the report on Thursday, March 25, 10–11:30 a.m. (EDT), go to WhySoFewWebcast.eventbrite.com.


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