Realizing that the low representation of women in science and engineering is a major hindrance to global capacity building in science and technology, the IAC formed an Advisory Panel on Women for science with the mandate to review previous studies, provide examples of effective projects already implemented, and issue a set of actionable recommendations addressed particularly to the world’s science and engineering academies.
The recommendations and action items developed through the work of this Panel are presented in this report and are grouped around three themes:
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– Needed: A global strategy for building a culture in science and technology that allows full participation by women.-
As academies seek to establish gender equality in their operations and to encourage it elsewhere, it may be instructive for them to review some of the past and present activities of organizations that have been active and effective in opening doors for women scientists and engineers. Such efforts have been taking place not only at universities but also in government and private research institutes and, increasingly, in industry.