Changing Mindsets to Promote Women and Girls in Science
Next Monday, June 13, I will be attending a symposium at the U.S. State Department called “Changing Mindsets to Promote Women and Girls in Science.” Speakers include Assistant Secretary of State Dr. Kerri-Ann Jones, Ambassador for Global Women’s Issues Melanne Verveer, U.S. Special Envoy to the Organization of the Islamic Conference Rashad Hussain, Ambassador Ufuk Gokcen, NASA Associate Director for Policy Dr. Rebecca Spyke-Gardner, AAAS Head of the Directorate for Education and Human Resources Programs Dr. Shirley Malcom, NSF’s Dr. Jong-On Hahm, NIH Deputy Director of the Office of Research on Women’s Health, NSF Advance Program Director Dr. Kelly Mack, and many others.
The event is an outcome of the recent UN Commission on the Status of Women; it supports
diplomatic and development efforts to empower women and girls through science, technology, engineering and mathematics. I don’t know much more about the symposium, but I was invited by the State Department, probably because of our work on this site, and I am very excited to attend. A panel with a similar title was held in February; video of the Changing Mindsets: New Approaches to Advance Women and Girls in Science panel can be found at the link.
What is holding women and girls back from a career in science in your country?