girls and young women have not been encouraged to pursue science
as a regular part of their personal and intellectual development.
As a result the contribution women, now the majority of the population,
make to science is not nearly as great as it could or should be
for the welfare of science and of society. WISL encourages the
participation of girls and young women in science by making them
aware of role models and examining efforts of these models in
the advancement of science. WISL emphasizes mentoring, decreasing
isolation and stereotyping, and creating supportive environments.
Special efforts are made to promote pathways to success in academic
and professional settings for women at the college level and beyond.
Stories and Items of Interest About Women in Science
Trailblazing black scientist encourages women to follow suit Michel Martin of NPR's "Tell Me More" talks to Shirley Jackson, president of Rennselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York and the first African-American woman to run a top research university, about being a woman in a male-dominated field
14th - April 30th 2005 -- Women in Chemistry
Chemistry is a traveling exhibition that showcases women chemists
who have helped create our modern world and their historic contributions
to science and technology. From the action of atoms to the substance
of stars, these women have given us new visions of the material
world and our place in it. The traveling exhibition encourages
young women to explore possible careers in chemistry by presenting
the rich history of women chemists and their contributions to
exhibition was presented in the atrium of the new Chemistry