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Biological, Social, and Organizational Components of Success for Women in Academic Science and Engineering


Washington (DC): National Academies Press (US); .
ISBN-10: 0-309-10041-0ISBN-13: 978-0-309-10041-0


Twenty-five years ago, Congress passed the Science and Engineering Equal Opportunity Act, which declares it "the policy of the United States that men and women have equal opportunity in education, training, and employment in scientific and technical fields." Major advances have occurred since then in the numbers of women enrolling in science and engineering classes in high school and college, but academic institutions are not fully using the growing pool of women scientists and engineering graduates that these classes have produced.

The nation's ability to use all its scientific talent is vital to its ability to retain technological and economic leadership in an increasingly competitive world. A diverse workforce brings new perspectives and priorities to science and engineering education and research. Removing artificial barriers that prevent scientists from making their optimal contributions therefore has high priority.


Support for this project was provided by the National Academies and the National Institutes of Health Office for Research on Women’s Health under contract 1-OD-4-2137, task order 166. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the organizations or agencies that provided support for the project.

NOTICE: The project that is the subject of this report was approved by the Governing Board of the National Research Council, whose members are drawn from the Councils of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, and the Institute of Medicine. The members of the committee responsible for the report were chosen for their special competences and with regard for appropriate balance.

Copyright © 2006, National Academy of Sciences.
Bookshelf ID: NBK23777PMID: 20669444DOI: 10.17226/11766


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