Women in STEM

Over the last 30 years, the number of women earning bachelors, masters, and doctoral degrees in math and science has increased significantly. This success has been largely due to the work of educational institutions, foundations, professional networks and research and advocacy organizations. Yet despite these efforts, a huge gap still exists between the numbers of women and men pursuing advanced studies and careers in science – especially in physics, chemistry, engineering, computer science and technology. Schools, colleges, the technology sector and businesses, as well as other sectors, need to intensify efforts to recruit and retain talented women in STEM fields. Advancement for women not only diversifies the workforce, but also provides gender balance in setting research goals, developing new product lines and enhancing innovative and strategic decision-making.

Fourth Annual 2010 Women in Science & Technology Workforce Summit

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Taking Initiative: Re-Tooling for an Economy that can Handle Curves 

Keynote Speaker: Sarita Felder

Time: 8:30am-4:00pm

Location: The Conference Center at Mercer, 1200 Old Trenton Road West Windsor, NJ  

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Click here to view 2009 Summit Report.

Congressional Briefing: Making WIA Work for Women

This document includes commentary given by Carolyn Williams, Ariane Hegewisch, Susan Rees, Marie-Louise Caravatti, and Mimi Lufkin as part of a Congressional briefing about the WIA on April 7, 2010.

Question: There are currently 17 accountability measures in WIA, states complain that all the do is measure. How much more can/ should we ask of them? How does this fit into the discussions to get "common data" across federal programs?

Mimi Lufkin: Accountability measures speak to policy priorities. They are important. That said, such performance measures would not require additional data collection - this data is already being collected, it is just not being analyzed; and all the analysis would require is an additional computer programming command.


What A Difference An X Makes: The State of Women's Health Research


This scientific conference will highlight advances in sex differences research and its implications on health and disease.

Location: Barbara Jordan Conference Center, Kaiser Family Foundation, 1330 G Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005

The registration fee for the conference is $35 per person.


*For additional information, please contact Eileen Resnick at eileen@swhr.org


Sex Matters: Gender Differences in a Professional Setting

This paper shows that gender diferences exist in a professional setting where managers have a similar educational background and work experience. Using data from the U.S. mutual fund industry the authors found that female managers are more risk averse, follow less extreme and more consistent investment styles and trade less than male managers.
Although female and male managers do not differ in average performance, female managers receive signicantly lower inflows. This suggests that they might be stereotyped as less skilled.



This study, published in the Feb. 2001 issue of The Quarterly Journal of Economics, found that men investors traded 45% more often than women, resulting in a greater net reduction in men's trading revenues.  The researchers attribute this gender difference to men's overconfidence in financial management.

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