Women in Science: A Senate Briefing

June 3, 2005
12:16 PM

Over the last decades, women have made major strides in the attainment of high-status professions in areas such as medicine, law, journalism and the arts.  Despite these advances, women continue to be underrepresented in science and engineering fields.  Women still hold fewer senior positions, earn less money and face barriers and stereotypes at many levels.


The next Senate Science & Technology Caucus luncheon on Monday, June 6, will explore aspects that influence women’s participation in the sciences.  It will focus on both social factors and the role of education and learning in shaping the experience of girls in science.  Speakers will include Dr. Virginia Valian, distinguished professor of psychology and linguistics at Hunter College at the City University of New York (CUNY); Dr. Kimberlee Shauman, assistant professor of sociology at the University of California-Davis; and Dr. Diane Halpern, professor of psychology and director of the Berger Institute for Work, Family and Children at Claremont McKenna College.


Reporters are invited to this luncheon briefing, co-hosted by the American Chemical Society.  The session is in Dirksen G-50 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  RSVP to science_congress@acs.org or 202/872-8725.


Sen. Jeff Bingaman (D-NM) co-chairs the bipartisan Senate Science & Tech Caucus with Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN).


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Bill Wicker

Democratic Communications Director

Senate Energy & Natural Resources