Women from across the world continue to be underrepresented in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). In the U.S.—where women make up nearly half of the workforce—they were merely 26 percent of the STEM workforce in 2011 according to the United States Census Bureau. President Obama's White House worked hard to expand the participation of women, girls, and minorities in STEM fields.
Following the 2016 U.S. presidential election, a grassroots organization called 500 Women Scientists was established to help propel and maintain the momentum of such efforts. Its founders and members pledged to speak up for science and for women. More than 20,000 people, mostly women but also a couple thousand men, signed the pledge.
This pledge was reaffirmed with the launch of Request a Woman Scientist. It is a budding, global, public list of professional women in the sciences interested in interacting with other professionals, journalists, and members of the public as speakers, panelists, experts, course leaders and advocates for diversity, equity and women in STEM.
From Scientific American
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