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Women's Issues in Science and Engineering Take Center Stage


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One finding discussed at the Women in Science and Engineering Workshop was the discovery that scientists, engineers, and others may be contributing to gender inequity without realizing that their own bias plays a role.

Credit: Symmetry Magazine

The focus of the recent Women in Science and Engineering Workshop was the challenges that female scientists and engineers must contend with. The goal of the workshop, which was put together by the Committee on Women in Physics and Engineers at the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility, was to learn about best practices at other institutions while also seeking expert advice. The committee hopes that the knowledge exchanged at the workshop can be applied to its mission to boost the participation of women in physics and engineering.

One of the more notable findings discussed at the workshop was the discovery that scientists, engineers, and others may be contributing to gender inequity without realizing that their own bias plays a role.

The three most cited reports at the workshop provide hard data on gender disparities in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines, and make recommendations on steps that both individuals and institutions can follow to resolve them.

From Symmetry Magazine
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