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President's Commission on the Status of University Women
Montana State University President Waded Cruzado has formed a 24-member commission to study, evaluate and advise her on issues related to diversity and gender equity. Chaired by Anne Camper, associate dean of the MSU College of Engineering,this commission will identify institutional strategies to improve campus climate, alleviate the isolation of women in academic and work units through hiring and retention initiatives and accommodate the needs of diverse workers. more
Statement by HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on Women’s History Month
March 1 marked the beginning of Women’s History Month. This year’s theme is as fitting as it is exciting: “Women Inspiring Innovation Through Imagination: Celebrating Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).”
The nation this year recognizes such extraordinary women as Patricia Era Bath (1942), whose invention of the Laserphaco Probe was an important milestone in the advent of laser cataract surgery; Rita R. Colwell (1934), the first woman director of the National Science Foundation; Susan A. Gerbi (1944), a molecular cell biologist whose research has potential significance in understanding the role of hormones in certain cancers; and Flossie Wong-Staal (1946), a virologist and molecular biologist whose work made it possible to develop HIV tests. (3/13) more
Core readings in the area of gender equity in academia
Sturm, Susan. 2006. "The Architecture of Inclusion: Advancing Workplace Equity in Higher Education." Harvard Journal of Law and Gender 29:  247-334. (more)

Virginia Valian (2004).  "Beyond Gender Schemas: Improving the Advancement of Women in Academia."  NWSA Journal, Vol. 16, No. 1, (Re)Gendering Science Fields (Spring, 2004), pp. 207-220.

Nelson, Donna J. 2007 (revision). "A National Analysis of Diversity in Science and Engineering Faculties at Research Universities." Norman, OK -

MSU information on diversity
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"NSF-ADVANCE IT at NMSU - History and Successes" by Tracy Sterling, LRES (formerly ADVANCE PI at New Mexico State University). Presented at Women's Faculty Caucus luncheon, September 16, 2010.
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"Women in Science and Engineering" by Anne Camper, associate dean in the College of Engineering, October 22, 2003. Issues facing women who pursue careers in science and engineering were presented.
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Other Websites

Mentors Fall Short in Giving Concrete Help to Careers - by Andrea Kay
For the first time in U.S. history women outnumber men in the workforce. Why then do men still geet more promotions than women? That's a question women who work just as hard as their male counterparts in many companies ask. Some experts have a clear cut answer. (August 2010) -

NEVER MIND THE GAP! Gendering Science in Transgressive Encounters - Edited by Martha Blomqvis & Ester Ehnsmyr
"An informed overview of a new generation of feminist science studies, encountering the nature/culture research field.  It illuminates the great variety of approaches in studies conducted in the field, pointing at recent advances…”  Work at the intersection of gender research and research in the natural sciences. (August 2010)

Women in Engineering, Science and Technology: Education and Career Challenges provides a collection of recent high-quality empirical studies related to the education and careers of women in engineering, science and technology disciplines, with cases on innovative approaches to attracting and supporting women in training courses, and discussions on the effectiveness of mentoring, role models, government policy, and initiatives by professional bodies. (July 2010)
Available online in MSU Renne Library:

Lessons-Learned from “Extension Services” Grantees 2005-2009 (NSF Research on Gender in Science and Engineering Program):  a national view
Available as a printed paperback or as a free PDF at

Economix: The Gender Wage Gap, Around the World
by Catherine Rampell
Across the industrialized world, the typical full-time male worker earns 17.6 percent more than his female counterpart.
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Women Making Gains on Faculty at Harvard by Tamar Lewin
The president of Harvard said the university has seen a culture shift since it was suggested there in 2005 that women were unsuited to careers in math and science.
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Bias Called Persistent Hurdle for Women in Sciences by Tamar Lewin
A report sought recommendations for drawing more women into science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

WEPAN Knowledge Center is your online resource for research, best practices, and professional communities dedicated to advancing all women in engineering.
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Gender Equity for Educators

WAMC Radio Series on the Role of Women in Science and Engineering Now Available OnlineThe Sounds of Progress: The Changing Role of Girls and Women in Science and Engineering, is now available for listening through WAMC’s Women in Science website, (Albany, NY, Nov 2008)

Free Webinars on Spatial Reasoning for Retention and Developing a Women in Technology Career Exploration Course
As part of the CalWomenTech Project, IWITTS is presenting two free online trainings with expert instructors on "Teaching Spatial Reasoning to mprove Retention of Women in Technology" and "How To Develop and Market a Career Development Course to Interest, Recruit and Retain Women in echnology Related Classes."
Webinars and more Free Educator Resources ( April 2008)

New CalWomenTech Websites Help Recruit Women to Technology Programs
IWITTS is proud to unveil three new WomenTech website sections that we developed for 3 California Community colleges in the CalWomenTech Project to assist them with recruiting and retaining women to their technology programs. Each website features women's success stories with role models from each school, news articles about women in each field, information about the program and how to enter the field, a list of women's career associations for each program as well as news articles and listservs for each industry. (April 2008)

Building Web Communities
FairerScience has just put up a whole new section on the website ( called "Building Web Communities." It includes three multi media presentations from the 2008 AAAS session "Blogs, Boards and Bonding: Using Electronic Communities To Support Women in Science." (April 2008)

A short summary of research on discrimination : Bias Literacy
Many people do not believe that there is discrimination against women, especially among academics and in the sciences, where professionals think they are objective and smart. "The playing field is level in my field." They have personal explanations for the fact that there are few women or minorities in their field and in faculty or leadership positions. (April 2008)

Gender Inequity in Whoville : NPR
Commentary by Peter Sagal - Worth reading and listening to.
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Title IX and Science and Engineering - resources
100 recommended resources on women in science and engineering -
Narrative Timeline: A timeline of how Title IX was taken beyond the narrow association with sports to address the lack of women in science and engineering. With recommended reading for quick study.
Position Paper: A 5-page paper explaining the basis for applying Title IX to science and engineering education. It summarizes arguments and data relevant to the issue with over 50 references. You may use it as a sample and resource for position papers or articles. The paper may be copied and distributed with attribution.
(Feb 2008)

Scientiae - Stories of and from women in science, engineering, technology and math
Scientiae is a blog carnival that compiles posts written about the broad topic of "women in STEM," (STEM=science, technology, engineering and mathematics) and may include posts on 1) stories about being a woman in STEM, 2) exploring gender and STEM academia, 3) living the scientific academic life as well as the rest of life, 4) discussing how race, sexuality, age, nationality and other social categories intersect with the experience of being a woman in STEM, 5) sharing feminist perspectives on science and technology, and 6) exploring feminist science and technology studies. (June 2007)

NIH Launches New Web Site to Promote the Advancement of Women in Biomedical Research Careers
The NIH announces Women in Biomedical Careers, a new Web site that provides information about the recently created NIH Working Group on Women in Biomedical Careers. The Working Group was appointed by NIH Director Elias A. Zerhouni, M.D. to develop innovative strategies and tangible actions to promote the advancement of women in biomedical research. “The Web site is an important new resource that will highlight the activities of the NIH Working Group on Women in Biomedical Careers and provide information about NIH career development programs,” says Vivian W. Pinn, M.D., NIH Associate Director for Research on Women’s Health, and co-chair of the Working Group. (May 2007)

Starting at the Top: Scientific Elites Retain a Severe Gender Imbalance
The National Academy of Sciences held elections on May 1st. Only nine women were elected to the ranks this year. (Scroll down for article, Nature, May 10, 2007)

Pay Gap Between Men and Women Begins Immediately After Graduation, Study Says
The salary gap between men and women emerges immediately after college and continues to widen throughout their careers, says a report released on Friday by the American Association of University Women Educational Foundation. (Paula Wasley, Chronicle of Higher Education, April 23, 2007)

Diversity in Science Association
This site provides results of and information about our diversity surveys, which determined demographics of tenured / tenure track faculty at pertinent departments of "top" universities, ranked by NSF (National Science Foundation) according to research expenditures in that discipline.

Computer Science takes Steps to Bring Women to the Fold
For decades, undergraduate women have been moving in ever greater numbers into science and engineering departments at American universities. Yet even as they approach or exceed enrollment parity in mathematics, biology and other fields, there is one area in which their presence relative to men is static or even shrinking: computer science. (April 17, 2007, The New York Times)

More Female Students Pursuing Science and Engineering Degrees, NSF Report Shows
The American science and technology workforce is undergoing a major demographic shift. A report issued last week by the National Science Foundation shows that more women are participating in university science and engineering (S&E) programs than ever before. The biannual NSF report, entitled Women, Minorities, and Persons With Disabilities in Science and Engineering, provides a broad overview of demographic trends within university S&E programs.

WomenTech Portal: New Tools for Educators on Recruitment and Retention. The WomenTech Portal is an essential new resource on the IWITTS web site, connecting educators with research-based articles on recruiting and retaining women in technology.  Here, you can read journal articles in categories such as bridge courses, spatial reasoning, and learning style, among others.  These articles introduce educators to research on the most effective strategies for recruiting and retaining women, and include examples of programs that have had real results.

Women in Science: The Battle Moves to the Trenches. Women have still not reached the top academic ranks in numbers anything like their growing presence in science and engineering classes would suggest. (by Cornelia Dean, New York Times, December 10, 2006)

In the Center of the Storm: Addressing the Challenges of Maryland’s Tightening IT Labor Market. The legislatively created Taskforce on the Status of Women and Information Technology released its findings and recommendations to the governor and legislature on October 17, 2006. (Dec 2006)

The SAGE Handbook of Gender and Education, edited by Christine Skelton, Becky Francis, and Lisa Smulyan, has just been published.  It has 35 research-review chapters primarily by American and British authors and brings together leading scholars on gender and education to provide an up-to-date and broad-ranging guide to the field. It is a comprehensive overview of different theoretical positions on equity issues in schools. The contributions cover all sectors of education from early years to higher education; curriculum subjects; methodological and theoretical perspectives; and gender identities in education. (Nov 2006)

Northeast Public Radio has released new episodes of their Powerful Signals radio broadcasts. They are avialable on the web, or on a CD (free!) by request. These are great radio programs highlighting projects across the US that are working with girls to encourage them to become the scientists and engineers of the future. There are also audio diaries from women scientists and short profiles of women scientists (Her-Story). Please try to visit their web site and use these wherever possible. The series is funded through a GSE dissemination grant. WAMCPowerfulSignalsRelease.doc

Proceedings of the International Symposium on Women and Information and Communication Technology held June 2005 can now be accessed at the link below.

Virginia Valian - Gender differences researcher (CUNY)
On-Line Tutorials now available for Virginia Valian's book "Why So Slow? The Advancement of Women". In her book, "Why So Slow? The Advancement of Women" (MIT Press, 1998; paperback, 1999), Dr Valian asks why so few women are at the top of their profession, whether the profession be science, law, medicine, college teaching, industry, or business. To provide an answer, Dr Valian integrates research from psychology, sociology, economics, and neuropsychology. The data and theory from "Why So Slow?" are the starting point for the gender tutorials on this site. Dr Valian is working with students, assistants, and interns to keep the material up-to-date and useful via the gender tutorials on this site.

"Women Narrow the Internet Gender Gap, Survey Finds" by Yuki Noguchi, Washington Post, December 29, 2005. Traditionally, women have lagged behind men in adoption of Internet technologies, but a study released by the Pew Internet & American Life Project found that women under age 65 now outpace men in Internet usage.
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"Women in science weigh lab-vs.-life goals: Motherhood tests career aspirations" by Marcella Bombardieri, The Boston Globe, December 27, 2005.
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“Women in Science, Technology, Engineering And Mathematics: ON THE AIR!" website is an audio resource for young girls, young women, parents, middle and high school teachers, college professors, guidance counselors, researchers, organizational leaders, and anyone interested in learning more about the past, present and future role of women in science and technology education, fields and careers.

“Women in Engineering: A Review of the Literature.” The Society of Women Engineers.

“Gender and Technology: A Research Review.” A comprehensive presentation of the research on gender and technology in education worldwide, 2005. By Jo Sanders, Director, Center for Gender Equity.

“More Women Receive Ph.D.'s, But Female Senior Faculty Are Still Rare.” A new study examines cultural issues tht affect advancement. 2005. NSF Press Release by Jo Handelsman, University of Wisconsin-Madison. (Also August 19, 2005 Science).

"Lessons I've Learned in 22 Years of Working with Girls in IT." Paper written for an international conference on women and technology, 2005. By Jo Sanders, Director, Center for Gender Equity.

"Lifting the Barriers: 600 Strategies that Really Work to Increase Girls' Participation in Science, Mathematics and Computers. This popular book (now out of print) contains strategies from contests and competitions to teaching techniques. 1994. By Jo Sanders, Director, Center for Gender Equity.

"Guidelines for a Gender Equity Workshop." Suggestions for successful staff development workshops. By Jo Sanders, Director, Center for Gender Equity, 2003.

"Closing Gender Gaps in Science". A teacher staff development project in Dallas, with amazing data. Educational Leadership, 2004. By Jo Sanders (with Sarah Cotton Nelson), Director, Center for Gender Equity.

This is a good opportunity to let our young women students know that they have a place in history and culture. For Women's History Month in March, this Web site from Thomson Gale, a business of The Thomson Corp., features a variety of materials about women's history that teachers can use in class. Created from the multicultural reference works of Thomson Gale, the Women's History Month Resource Center features biographies, literature and activities that help students learn about women's history. Focusing on women in politics, the site's resources include a timeline of important dates starting circa 30 A.D., art projects, games and quizzes. In addition, each week one student who takes the weekly quiz will win a set of Thomson Gale references for their school library.

"American Women: A Gateway to Library of Congress Resources for the Study of Women's History and Culture in the United States" (Library of Congress)

Women's Centers - Take a look at what other women around the country are doing!

International Activities

Girls International Forum is a non-profit organization created to empower girls to take action on issues affecting girls everywhere now and in their future. We believe that girls can and must be part of worldwide efforts to improve the lives of girls and women. MSU student and VP Research intern Katie Baldwin, worked closely with this organization.

More Science & Technology websites

The Science and Engineering Workforce: Realizing America's Potential - National Science Board, August 2003 - [nsb0369]

4000 Years of Women in Science

Women-Related Science, Math, & Technology Updates: lengthy list of links, kept up-to-date.

The Women Chemists Committee serves the membership of the American Chemical Society. Our mission is to be leaders in attracting, developing and promoting women in the chemical sciences.

NSF ADVANCE program announcement

Institutions who have NSF ADVANCE grants

Just for Fun

Maya Angelou was interviewed by Oprah on her 70+ birthday. Maya really is a marvel who has led quite an interesting and exciting life. Oprah asked her what she thought of growing older. Read her poem "Don't Break the Elastic".'t Break the Elastic.doc