Assoc. for Women in Science

Winter 2015

AWIS Magazine covers topics important to women in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and medicine fields. Topics include career advancement, work-life balance, the state of science and technology, women’s wellness, and AWIS’ political and

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57 your network | your resource | your voice awis@work AWIS Joins International Initiative to Gain Recognition for Women in Science Presented to the Royal Academy of Science International Trust on October 20, 2015 T he Association for Women in Science (AWIS) applauds and supports the inclusion of an International Day of Women in Science during each annual session of the United Nations Commission for Social Development. Such a public proclamation would elevate the issues of advancing girls' and women's education and leadership in all scientific and technical fields, in addition to deepening public understanding of how science could provide insight into innovative solutions needed to achieve the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Whereas by investing in girls and women with STEM skills, we can build not only a pipeline of future scientists, engineers, and doctors, but also create a society of well-informed leaders in business, law and politics. Whereas by empowering more women to pursue science and creating a conducive environment for them to succeed, we can collectively: • Unlock a tremendous workforce across the globe; • Enhance the health and quality of life for millions of women; • Increase the economic power and stature, not only for women but also their families and their nations. Whereas by recognizing and honoring excellence in STEM through the recording women's contributions and impact on society as leaders, educators, executives, scientists and engineer, we can provide role models for future generations. Founded in 1971, AWIS is the largest multi-discipline organization for women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). AWIS reaches more than 20,000 professionals in STEM with members, chapters and affiliates worldwide. We are dedicated to driving excellence in STEM by achieving equity and full participation of women in all disciplines and across all employment sectors through research-based advocacy and action. Working for positive system transformation, AWIS strives to ensure that all women in STEM can achieve their full potential. AWIS has a vision for women in STEM to be: • Compensated fairly and without discrimination • Advanced equitably and without bias • Exposed to successful role models in leadership positions • Recognized and respected for their scientific and leadership achievements To achieve positive system transformation, AWIS brings together a diversity of individuals and organizations across fields and sectors to work in creative networks toward change. Helping build successful workplaces, AWIS is focused on increasing the representation, advancement, and impact of women in STEM through evidence-based strategies, policies, and solutions that eliminate barriers and bias from the workplace. = Whereas by recognizing and honoring excellence in STEM through the recording women's contributions and impact on society as leaders, educators, executives, scientists and engineer, we can provide role models for future generations.

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