President Obama has made clear that as part of his commitment to “restore science to its rightful place” the United States needs to do more to engage young people and underrepresented groups in the pursuit of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education and careers.
Although women represent a majority of college graduates in the United States, they still constitute a significant minority of those receiving STEM degrees. The Obama Administration is committed to increasing their participation by encouraging, supporting, and retaining women who will play a driving role in advancing the science and technologies of the future.
Tomorrow, the White House will invite 16 women scientists representing a number of countries in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and South America to participate in a dialogue with senior women scientists from across the Administration on increasing the number of Women in STEM fields. Having traveled from various parts of the globe to take part in the State Department’s Changing Mindsets Symposium, these visiting scientists will share their experiences and impressions on best practices for engaging women and girls in this critical arena.
Moderated by Sherburne Abbott, Associate Director for Environment, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, the discussion will also feature insights from the following U.S. officials:
You too can participate in this discussion. Before the event, tweet your questions for participants using the tag #WHwomeninscience, then watch the conversation live tomorrow, June 14th at 11 a.m. on WhiteHouse.gov/Live for a chance to see your questions answered.