AAUW celebrates women in science

ESCANABA – Wendy Irish, AAUW Member and science/math teacher, will present and host a program on Thursday, March 21, 6:30 p.m., in her Escanaba home in celebration of Women’s History Month: “Why Women Were Written Out of the Pages of Science: A Portrait of Lise Meitner (1878-1968), Nuclear Physicist and Mother of Nuclear Fission.”

Members are encouraged to invite guests and bring a snack or dessert to share. Coffee and Tea will be provided. No reservations are needed for this meeting.

AAUW actively promotes women and girls to explore and enter careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). Women remain underrepresented in these fields. Only about 8% of all engineers are women. AAUW partners with the National Girls Cooperative Project (NGCP), a national organization that promotes collaboration and sharing of resources and information between businesses, schools and organizations that provided STEM enrichment for girls. In March 2010, AAUW published its latest research project, “Why So Few? Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.” This study revealed that: 1) girls and women express an interest in math and science at similar rates as boys and men, but somewhere between initial interest and graduation from college, women choose a different path; 2) social and environmental pressures (stereotypes, bias, climate of science and engineering departments) act as barriers to women’s full participation in these fields; 3) female undergraduates in STEM majors often report lower confidence than males; 4) some research indicated women are perceived as “not likable” if they pursue non-traditional fields.

The AAUW Escanaba Area Branch annually recognizes top local high school female science and math students with certificates and small monetary awards and provides information and encourages students to attend Summer Science Camps and Workshops at Michigan Technological University, Lake Superior State University, Northern Michigan University and Bay College.

AAUW has been empowering girls and women since 1881 through advocacy, education, philanthropy and research. By principle and practice, AAUW values and seeks a diverse membership. Membership is open to men and women holding an Associate’s Degree of higher from an accredited college or university. There shall be no barriers on basis of gender, race, creed, age, sexual orientation, national origin, disability or class. For more information, call 789-9096.