Association for Women in Science

During Women’s History Month, there have been ample opportunities to recognize the work of female pioneers in science. Of course, not long ago, the idea of a woman scientist was a rarity rather than an ordinary reality. At the time that Rosalind Franklin helped discover the structure, and therefore the function, of DNA in 1953, women’s contributions were often dismissed, and Franklin herself received only passing acknowledgment in the seminal double helix paper. Sputnik and the Cold War ushered in a new era of scientific zeal, and more women began to enter science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields. Even so, the entry of women into science-based careers didn’t happen...
by Erin L. Cadwalader, PhD; P hoebe S. Leboy Public Policy Fellow Association for Women in Science The Association for Women in Science ( AWIS ) is the only multidisciplinary association representing women across all STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) disciplines and employment sectors. AWIS reaches more than 15,000 professionals in STEM with members and chapters nationwide. Women are earning more degrees than men in biomedical sciences at every level of education, and this has been the case for some time. However, a variety of factors contribute to the failure of academia and industry to retain them. AWIS works to identify obstacles that hinder the advancement of...
March 8, International Women’€™s Day, ’€œhas grown to become a global day of recognition and celebration across developed and developing countries alike,’€ reads InternationalWomansDay.com, a global hub for sharing news and resources about the day. While great strides have been made in the past hundred years to improve the health and equality of women in America, there are still areas of medical care and research where women are at risk; these areas represent a great opportunity for America to lead the way in promoting health and equality for women around the world. Some Research!America alliance member organizations work every day to bring increased awareness to health issues affecting...

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We have health challenges in this country that science will provide answers for if given the chance and we haven't given science that opportunity
Mary Woolley, President and CEO, Research!America