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2014 Committee Meeting
Keck Center
Washington, DC
11/3-11/5/2014

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2014 Committee Meeting
Beckman Center
Irvine, CA
6/18-20/2014

Seeking Solutions: Maximizing American Talent by Advancing Women of Color in Academia - Summary of a Conference Report Dissemination Event
NAS 125

2101 Constitution Ave, NW, Washington, DC 20418
5/1/2014
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The Committee on Women in Science, Engineering, and Medicine (CWSEM) is a standing committee in the Policy and Global Affairs division of the National Research Council (NRC). 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.
 

CWSEM HIGHLIGHTS   

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

Career 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..

Inside Higher Ed: Productivity or Sexism? - August, 2014

A study presented at the American Sociological Association annual meeting investigated the theory that men outnumber women in tenured professorships because women have a larger share of child care and so men outperform women in research. The study compared tenure rates and controlled for research productivity. The study found that men are more likely to earn tenure than women who have the same research productivity. (Article by Scott Jaschik) Read the full article

The Washington Post:
Google, Silicon Valley Must Do More to Hire Female Engineers - May, 2014

Vivek Wadhwa reported that Google revealed its diversity data, only 17% of its global technology workforce is comprised of women. While that is almost impressive compared with the rest of Silicon Valley, it is not impressive in the context of the available pool of female computer scientists. The current hiring process and the culture of the technology industry may be partly to blame because the hiring process is like recruitment into a fraternity and the industry fosters a “bro culture”, both of which are unwelcoming to women. Read the full article

Science
Editorial: Level the Playing Field for Women in STEM - July 2013


Marcia McNutt, Editor-in-Chief of Science, underscored the need to advocate for more women in STEM disciplines from a high-level group such as CWSEM. The article noted that women are still underrepresented in many STEM disciplines, and they do not advance professionally at the same rate as men. It was emphasized that policies need to take into account the culture of the organization in order to be effective, or they may "go against unwritten culture expectations about what young professionals need to do to be successful in the eyes of their peers". Read the full editorial | Download PDF 
  Related Links  

* Women in Science and Engineering Statistics

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

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

* 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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