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Women in Science
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Traditionally 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.

News Stories and Items of Interest About Women in Science

Holloway named inagural fellow of AAAS Leshner Leadership Institute

TV's Next Big Star: Female Scientists

Naomi Oreskes, a Lightning Rod in a Changing Climate

Madeleine Jacobs: A career is like a love affair

WISL Featured Scientist: Jane Lubchenco

WISL Featured Scientist: Helen Blackwell

Anna Atkins: Google Doodle artfully celebrates a true-blue photographic pioneer

A Radical Journey of Art, Science, and Entrepreneurship: A Self-Taught Victorian Woman's Visionary Ornithological Illustrations

The untold history of women in science and technology

Winners of the 2014 L'Oreal USA for Women in Science Fellowships Announced

Reflections of a woman pioneer: Dr. Mildred S. Dresselhaus

New nonprofit supports women in science

Why are there still so few women in science?

A Scientist's Secret Recipe for Success

The Catalyst Series from the Chemical Heritage Foundation:
Women in Chemistry Film Series
Women in Science

Women in Chemistry: An Interview with Supawan Tantayanon

A gender gap to innovation: Responding to the underrepresentation of women in science
An article by UW's Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies in response to the "Women in STEM" report linked below.

Women in STEM: A gender gap to innovation
A U.S. Department of Commerce report from the Economics and Statistics Administration

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

Men Are from Earth, Women Are from Earth:
Science vs. the Media on Psychological Gender Differences

Two presentations by Janet Shibley Hyde
WISL's Conversations in Science Series, November 20, 2003
WISL-sponsored talk, September 3, 2008

Fifty years of expanding girls' horizons in science, math
Thousands of Wisconsin women have been influenced by the Expanding Your Horizons program at UW-Madison

Can women be creative scientists?
The dangers of testing for creative ability

Recommended Web Resources for Women in Science

#WomenInSTEM Video Series:

Sally Ride Science:

Selected List of Great Women in Science History, 2250 BC-20th Century AD:

Women in Science:

Association of Women in Science:

Mentor Net:

Women in Science and Engineering Leadership Institute:


March 14th - April 30th 2005 -- Women in Chemistry

Women in 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 everyday life.

This exhibition was presented in the atrium of the new Chemistry Building.




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