Research: Help Get Girls & Women into SET

Next Thursday, March 25, 2010, AAUW will release a new report, Why So Few? Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, which focuses on innovative ways to help girls and women succeed in these fields.

In an era when women are increasingly prominent in medicine, law, and business, why are there so few women scientists and engineers? The AAUW report presents eight key research findings that point to environmental and social barriers — including stereotypes, gender bias, and the climate of science and engineering departments in colleges and universities — that continue to block women’s participation and progress in science, technology, engineering, and math. The report also includes up-to-date statistics on girls’ and women’s achievement and participation in these areas and offers new ideas for what each of us can do to more fully open scientific and engineering fields to girls and women.

You’ll be able to download the report on the release date, but we also wanted to let you know that we are live-streaming a panel presentation with the reports authors and experts, which audience members will be able to comment over live-chat and Twitter. This live-stream event will take place at 9:30 a.m. EST on Thursday, March 25.

About Sarah Lamb

Sarah is a freelance writer with a masters degree in Computer Science. Sarah writes about innovation, technology and social media. She has a keen interest in gender diversity with the IT sector and founded Girl Geek Dinners in 2005