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April 3, 2009

From this month’s AGI Government Affairs Review:

Women are a large proportion of the undergraduates in science and engineering, yet only 20 percent of the bachelor degrees awarded in those fields are given to women. Women make up only a small percentage of the science and engineering faculty at research universities, and receive less funding and resources than their male counterparts.

In order to fully utilize the innovative capacity of all our scientists and remain competitive Representative Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) introduced the Fulfilling the Potential of Women in Academic Science and Engineering Act (H.R. 1144) at the end of February. The legislation aims to overcome the gender bias in science and engineering by requiring workshops to educate federally funded researchers on ways to better conduct impartial evaluations of grants and to extend grant support for researchers with care giving responsibilities. The Office of Science and Technology Policy would develop the policy that would be carried out by major science and engineering programs within the federal agencies.

The full text of the bill is available from Thomas:

If you think this is a good idea, let your congresspeople know.

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  1. April 10, 2009 11:48 am

    If only we could conquer gender bias in other legislation such as maternity/paternity leaves that are paid for and allowing more flextime for ALL employees

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