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UPCOMING EVENTS

Upcoming Events

Workshop on Women of Color in STEM
November 10, 2017
Washington, DC

Committee on Women in Science, Engineering, and Medicine Meeting
November 9-10, 2017
Washington, DC

Celebrating Women in Science and Recognizing L’ORÉAL USA Women in Science Fellows
November 9, 2017
Washington, DC

More past events...

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Committee on Women in Science, Engineering, and Medicine
Keck Center
500 5th Street NW
Washington, DC 20001
Tel: 202.334.2389
Fax: 202.334.2290
Email:
cwsem@nas.edu 

 


 

Mission Statement and Mandate for CWSEM

The Committee on Women in Science, Engineering, and Medicine (CWSEM) is a joint committee of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, and the National Academy of Medicine, and it operates under the oversight of the presidents of the three Academies. CWSEM’s mandate is to coordinate, monitor, and advocate action to increase the participation and recognition of women in science, engineering, and medicine —including women of color. Established in 1990 as CWSE, the committee expanded its scope in 2007 to include medicine. Most members of the committee are members of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, or the National Academy of Medicine. The committee collects and disseminates data and information on the education and employment of women scientists, engineers, and health care professionals, and ways to enhance the advancement of women in all fields of science, engineering and medicine.

CWSEM activities include proposing consensus studies on major issues of importance to women academics and professionals; proposing workshops and meetings on topics of significance to women in science, engineering, and medicine; and providing data and information for other Academies units as well as for the policy and academic communities. Since its inception, CWSEM has issued reports and convened national conferences on women in science and engineering academic programs; women scientists and engineers in industry; and women of color in science, engineering, and the healthcare professions.

The committee undertakes projects that support national efforts to increase the participation and recognition of women in the science, engineering, and medical workforce by:

1) Serving as a resource for organizations and individuals seeking information and analysis about the status of women in science, engineering, and medical employment and education;

2) Formulating strategies to collect, analyze, and disseminate information on the needs and status of opportunities for women in science, engineering, and medicine;

3) Proposing activities to be carried out in accordance with NRC policies and procedures, including workshops and consensus studies with findings and recommendations for effective policies and programs to remove barriers to the participation of women in science, engineering, and medicine, and to create supportive institutional environments and cultures that enable women to thrive and advance;

4) Serving as an institutional focal point in support of complementary activities across the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.