National Academies Hold Symposium on Women in Science
The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM) presented a recent symposium highlighting evidence-based interventions to address the underrepresentation of women in science, engineering and medicine. Held in Washington, D.C., the meeting was supported by NIH’s Office of Research on Women’s Health, the National Science Foundation and the L’Oréal Foundation.
ORWH director Dr. Janine Clayton participated in a panel on scientific agencies and foundations designed to improve women’s representation in the sciences.
The event also informed an ongoing NASEM consensus study chaired by Dr. Mae Jemison, former NASA astronaut and the first African-American woman to travel into space. The study, due in the spring of 2020, will examine data on why women are underrepresented in the sciences, help institutions understand how to remove barriers that impede women in scientific careers and recommend evidence-based practices and strategies to improve representation of women in scientific disciplines, particularly in leadership roles.
Symposium organizers have made available videos of the sessions (https://livestream.com/accounts/7036396/events/8582184) as well as additional event materials (https://www8.nationalacademies.org/pa/projectview.aspx?key=51113).