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This page is for resources related to women working, training, and researching in the sciences and in engineering. If there is something that you would like to add to this page, please send the link or file - along with a 3-5 sentence description of the resource to


Status of American women
Check out this op-ed in the New York Times about the results of a report on the current status of women commissioned by President Obama himself.

Bill Introduced to Promote Women in Science
On March 2, 2011 the Fulfilling the Potential of Women in Academic Science and Engineering Act of 2011 (H.R. 889) was introduced by Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX), ranking member of the House, Science and Space Committee. The legislation would require the National Science Foundation (NSF) to collect demographic data on federal grant awardees including information on gender, race, age, and tenure/rank. It would also require the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) to conduct workshops on mechanisms for minimizing gender bias in the evaluation of federal research grant proposals. The bill is similar to language that Rep. Johnson had included as an amendment to the America COMPETES Act but which was removed during the final conference negotiations with the Senate.

Need some inspiration?

Journey’s of women in science - Science Magazine article
Read about the personal history of contemporary women in science. These women were highlighted at a science festival in 2011.

Women with great ideas
The following link will take you to a page of great talks and conversations about being a women who shares ideas. Most of these women are not scientists (maybe we can change that!). They are CEOs, authors, artists, and activists who have something to say about being a women and who participated in the TEDWomen conference.

The Smithsonian Channel is highlighting fantastic female scientists in March 2011. Check out a very fun site at:

The Women of NASA
In celebration of Women's History Month, NASA is debuting a new "Women@NASA" website to showcase the many contributions of women scientists and engineers over the years. You can read about the career paths and passions of female scientists at NASA. This is a great resource for any women interested in careers in science. Check it out at:

Other groups dedicated to women in science

EMPower - Engineering Minority Program
EMPower encourages the involvement of women and minorities in the field of engineering.

Women in Research and Teaching
A group dedicated to increasing women's participation in science and engineering on campus.

VOICE Center
This center is dedicated to raising awareness about domestic and sextual assault and to providing resources and support to survivors.

Association of women in science
Find up-to-date news on issues affecting women in science and engineering; search for jobs; learn about advocacy for women in science.

Research on the gender gap

How can we close the gender gap in classrooms?
One study conducted at the University of Colorado shows that allowing student to write about their values for 15 minutes before an exam can reduce the gender gap. This suggests that helping women re-enforce their sense of self can drastically improve their academic performance.
The popular article is here:

Do you harbor unconscious gender prejudice?
Harvard developed an implicit bias test that anyone can take online. There are tests for gender bias, racial bias, age bias, among others. The tests cycle through adjectives and pictures while the viewer quickly categorizes according to their gut reactions. It is free and takes about 15 minutes to complete.

Stereotypes affect women’s performance
Stereotype Threat is a particularly subtle result of bias. In the case of women in science, it could manifest in the following way: A female taking a math test has heard that women generally score lower than their male counterparts in math, and even if she does not believe this, it could cause anxiety and distract her from concentrating while taking the test, thus resulting in a lower score. Gender bias is thus propagated with a self-fulfilling process. Here are some resources about stereotype threat:

On the market for a job?

Overview of research on women in the sciences
The following pdf is a powerpoint with stats about men and women in the job market and in the job force. Also includes advice about how women can change behaviors subtly to stay competitive with male counterparts. This powerpoint was created by Chandralekha Singh and presented by her at the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) July 2010 meeting Workshop on How to Help Women Succeed in Physics. It is reproduced with her permission. The presentation includes several enlightening statistics, it draws on scientific research about the status of women in science, and it offers advice on how women in science can negotiate in the workforce.

Negotiate like a woman who gets what she wants
Research shows that women and men negotiate differently, and when they negotiate in the same fashion, they are judged differently. Therefore, it is important for women to learn what negotiation strategies work for them and what strategies will be perceived by employers in the most positive light. A list of books about negotiating and problem-solving (with emphasis on how women can do these things) is found here:

Graduate student opportunities

Montana Space Grant Consortium
The Montana Space Grant Consortium (MSGC) supports students in Montana working in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields. Visit the MSGC website for information on opportunities such as graduate fellowships, undergraduate scholarships, paid internships, and student competitions.

AAUW Dissertation Fellowships/Post-doc Fellowships/Summer Research Publication Grants
AAUW “advances equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research.” They are one of largest private sources of funding for ecuation programs for girls and women. Each year they give out dissertation fellowships (salary support for the last year of a PhD), post-doc fellowships (funding for faculty members to take a year of leave to do what you have to do to get tenure), and summer/short-term research publication grants (summer salary to fund you while you write up research for publication). This organization is particularly interested in women in the sciences. Check out these awards at:

More funding opportunities for women

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