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Past Events

2016 Winter Committee Meeting
NAS Building
Washington, DC

2016 Spring Committee Meeting and Workshop
Beckman Center
Irvine, CA

Celebrating Women in Science Reception
Keck Center
Washington, DC

2015 Fall Committee Meeting
Keck Center
Washington, DC

Title IX Policy Summit
NAS Building
Washington, DC

2015 Spring Committee Meeting
Beckman Center
Irvine, CA

A Conversation with Claude Steele
Beckman Center
Irvine, CA
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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



The Committee on Women in Science, Engineering, and Medicine (CWSEM) is a standing committee in the Policy and Global Affairs division of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. Its mandate is to coordinate, monitor, and advocate action to increase the participation of women in science, engineering, and medicine. Established in 1990 as CWSE, the committee expanded its scope in 2007 to include medicine.  Learn more about the Committee on Women in Science, Engineering, and Medicine.


Committee on Women in Science, Engineering, and Medicine Winter Meeting 2016
For more information contact Irene Ngun (


Celebrating Women in Science
Recognizing and Honoring the Careers of Women Scientists
And Celebrating
The 2016 L’Oréal USA For Women in Science Fellows

National Academy of Sciences Building 
2101 Constitution Ave. NW
Washington, DC

Workshop on Sexual Harassment in Academia, Business/Industry, and the Health Care Professions
May 24-25, 2016
The National Academies' Beckman Center
100 Academy Drive
Irvine, CA

State Department Visitors

Meeting with State Department Visitors from the Middle East
Thursday, April 14, 2016
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
NAS Building 
2101 Constitution Avenue
Washington, DC

CWSEM ReceptionDr. Vivian Pinn speaking at the reception honoring women in science

Celebrating Women in Science:  the Committee on Women in Science, Engineering, and Medicine
Monday, March 28, 2016
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM  
Keck Center
500 5th Street NW
Washington, DC



Implicit Bias Workshop with Anthony Greenwald and Brian Nosek
November 4, 2015
Keck Center
500 Fifth St NW
Washington, DC 

A Conversation with Claude Steele 

Opening Remarks by Ralph J. Cicerone 
President of the National Academy of Sciences
Tuesday, June 2, 2015 
1:30 PM PDT/ 4:30 PM EDT
The Academies
Beckman Center, Irvine, CA


Latest Release: Career Choices of Female Engineers, Summary of a Workshop - October, 2014

Career Choices CoverCareer Choices summarizes a workshop held by the National Research Council’s Committee on Women in Science, Engineering, and Medicine and the National Academy of Engineering that explored research on career pathways and outcomes for women who have received bachelor's degrees in engineering. Despite decades of government, university, and employer efforts to close the gender gap in engineering, women engineers make up only 11 percent of practicing engineers in the United States.

Presentations at the workshop examined trends in the numbers of women engineering graduates who enter the engineering workforce and remain there or leave as their careers progress, as well as factors that influence decisions to leave the profession. Individual speakers pointed to a range of factors that may contribute to women’s decisions to leave, such as lack of advancement opportunities, lack of support for work-life balance, and uncomfortable work environments. The workshop report also includes information on the study Stemming the Tide: Why Women Leave Engineering by Nadya Fouad and Romila Singh. To read more..

DOWNLOAD Powerpoint Slides of Career Choices of Female Engineers.

Videos of Highlights from the Seeking Solutions Conference (click to see more)  

Speaker: Shirley Malcom, AAAS
NAS Seeking Solutions malcolm-closing s8 fullSeeking Solutions: Maximizing American Talent by Advancing Women of Color in Academe from The Academies on Vimeo.

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Resources on Implicit Bias

* Download NSF Figures and Tables on Women, Minorities and Persons with Disabilities in Science and Engineering 2015

* Women in Science and Engineering Statistics

* Women in Science and Engineering: 12 Must-Read Bloggers

* Gender Faculty Studies at Research 1 Institutions: Reports by institutions on gender equity and climate

Annotated Bibliography on CWSEM Topics


Directory of Organizations Encouraging Women in Science, Engineering, and Medicine:

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