in your employment practices you ignore 85 percent of the newly available
talent in this country, how are you going to be a great company? How are
you going to compete against companies that recruit from the country's
entire pool of talent? And so, if for no other reason than self-interest,
we ought to do more to maintain a diverse workforce."
and Chief Executive Officer, Lockheed Martin
Here is some
of the work the Global Alliance has accomplished to achieve its mission:
Highlights of Successful International Initiatives for Gender
Equity in the Science and Engineering Workforce will be published by Kluwer
Academic Publishers: The Netherlands. There are examples of best practices and
strategies worldwide that have been successful in increasing women’s participation
in science and engineering; however, only a few efforts have been made to share
these practices worldwide. This paper highlights both exemplary and promising
practices in research, programs, and policies in most regions of the world.
August 26-29, 2005 Seoul,
ICWES 13 The International Conference of Women Engineers and Scientists,
is a dynamic international conference for women engineers, scientists and researchers
under the theme of "Women Engineers and Scientists: Main Force to Reshape the Future World".
It provides an opportunity for all participants to interact, exchange thoughts, ideas, and
information that are pertinent to the issues for women in these fields. The Global Alliance
gave a presentation.
June 12-14, 2005 in Baltimore,
CWIT The First International Symposium on Women and Information and
Communication Technology (ICT) took place in Baltimore, Maryland, USA. Two
hundred and fifty participants representing six continents and 28 developing
and developed countries, including leaders from business, government, non-government agencies,
and education, gathered to explore concrete ways to increase girls' and women's participation
and leadership with Information and Communication Technology in order to effect economic, social,
and political change. Dr. Suzanne G. Brainard, co-director of the Global Alliance, moderated a panel.
Representation on the planning board of the 2008 World Engineer’s Convention.
World Engineering Convention, Women’s Forum Global Alliance hosted
Women’s Forum at the 2000 and 2004 World Engineers’ Conventions in collaboration
with local engineering societies.
-Shanghai, China November 2004.
-Hannover, Germany June 2000.
Beijing +10 meeting Global Alliance co-hosted an event to raise awareness of
women’s contribution to science and technology.
WFEO Capacity-building Representation on the board of the World Federation of Engineering Organizations
(WFEO) Capacity-building Committee and chair of subcommittee to standardize data collection
world-wide. Ongoing participation in WFEO Capacity building Committee 2008 World Engineering
Expert Panel Global Alliance sponsored an Expert Panel Meeting on Women
in Engineering and Science at UNESCO.
African Women in Engineering and Science
Development of a web-based information resource for women engineering societies in Egypt,
Mali, and Nigeria. Funded by the Engineering Information Foundation.
ICWES 12 Global Alliance sponsored a panel and other events at the 12th International
Conference of Women Engineers and Scientists (ICWES 12), in July 2002.
IGEPT Ongoing joint U.S./Sweden research project focused on recruitment and retention
of women engineers in higher education and the workforce. The major topics of discussion were
the value and benefits of women in leadership positions and on the integration of gender
into the engineering design process and strategies for making infrastructural changes.
13-14 February 2002
in Boston, Massachusetts: The Global Alliance for Diversifying the Workforce
in Science and Engineering held a study group meeting to develop a joint United States/Sweden
initiative to improve gender equality in the engineering and technological workforce.
This meeting was held in conjunction with the annual AAAS conference. Approximately
forty representatives from Sweden and the United States attended the interactive panels
and discussions. The major topics of discussion were the value and benefits of women in
leadership positions and on the integration of gender into the engineering design process
and strategies for making infrastructural changes.
Representation on the INWES board.
1-6 July 2001
in Copenhagen, Denmark: GASAT
10 Conference: World Wide Wisdom- socially responsible and gender inclusive
Science and Technology was the tenth conference held by Gender And
Science And Technology (GASAT). GASAT Association, which is an international
association of people concerned with issues arising from interactions between
gender and science and technology. The goal of the tenth GASAT conference
was to examine how informal and indigenous scientific and technological
knowledge issues may be integrated in and made useful to formal education
within science and technology. The Global Alliance gave a presentation
at this conference.
2001 in Alexandria, VA: 2001
JOINT NAMEPA/WEPAN NATIONAL CONFERENCE: Co-Champions for Diversity in Engineering
explored ideas to increase the participation of women and minorities in
the field of engineering. Presentations and discussion groups discussed
collaborations between industry/education/government, research and evaluations
studies, factors affecting the under-representation of faculty and admission
and retention of students, international programs, and training materials.
The Global Alliance gave a presentation.
2001 in San Francisco, CA: The Global Alliance co-sponsored this year's
Women in Science meeting, titled "Advancing the Participation of Women
in Science, Engineering, and Technology in a Global Context." This meeting
focused on the recommendations of two reports on the participation of women
in science, one from CAWMSET
and the other from ETAN.
The annual Women in Science meeting was one of several events held that
day, in conjunction with the 2001 AWIS Annual Meeting.
2000 in Stockholm, Sweden: The Global Alliance shared its expertise
at the Building and
Sustaining Infrastructure for Gender-Empowered Partnerships in the Technological
fields (IGEPT 2000) held under the auspices of the County Governors
of Stockholm and Gavleborg. The goals of IGEPT 2000 were to discuss gender
perspectives and women action programs in the engineering and technical
fields; entrepreneurship, partnership and leadership; and, technology and
engineering education. In addition, the Global Alliance signed a formal
partnership agreement with the Ministry of Industry in Sweden. Read
the full report or
summary of the IGEPT 2000 meeting.
19-21 June 2000
in Hannover, Germany: The
Global Alliance co-hosted an international forum, "Women
in Engineering and Science" at the World
Engineers Convention during EXPO 2000. In partnership with the Women
in Engineering Profession Area of the German Association of Engineers (VDI),
this forum, held on 21 June 2000, focused on strategies and best practices
for recruitment and retention in science and engineering in higher education
institutions and advancement of women scientists and engineers in the workplace.
A formal letter of cooperation was also signed between the Global Alliance
and VDI. View the conference abstracts
and final report.
5-6 June 2000
in New York, NY: The
Global Alliance hosted a "Forum
on Women in Science and Technology" to complement the UN's Beijing
+5 Review Conference on progress made in Beijing. It highlighted the critical
role that women's involvement in S & T issues play in the twelve areas
of concern from Beijing. Report to be published.
21 Feb 2000
in Washington, DC:
The Global Alliance held a one-day working session In conjunction with
the annual American Association for the Advancement of Science conference
in an Uncertain Millennium," in February 2000. Organizations across
the world attended to share their perspectives on global diversity.
WA. Women & Minorities in Trade & Technology Forum. Sponsored
by the Seattle Host Organization for the World Trade Organization Ministerial
report available here.
July 1999: Brussels,
Belgium. "Women & Science: Networking the Networks." Hosted
by the European Commission, Directorate - General: Science, Research and
GASAT Ninth International Conference.
Budapest, Hungary. Collaborators of the Global Alliance participated in
the six-day World Conference on Science organized by the United Nations
Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the International
Council for Science. The major products, adopted by the conference included
two consensus documents, a Declaration
on Science and the Use of Scientific, Knowledge and Science Agenda-Framework
for Action, include strong statements about the commitment to encourage
more female participation in science and engineering fields. Dr. Shirley
Malcolm and Ms. Yolanda S. George summarize the statements regarding gender
in this paper.
Germany. A presentation on the Global Alliance was made at the Aachen Technical
University where presidents, deans and chairs of departments in engineering
were present. A very enthusiastic audience expressed its interest in the
Alliance and in increasing the participation of women students and faculty.
The University is particularly interested in technical assistance and training.
The Rector of the Danish Technical University hosted a two-day Global Alliance
working session with representatives from industry, education and professional
associations. With eight countries represented, the focus was on further
clarification of the meaning of diversity; an in-depth discussion of the
potential services of the Global Alliance; a proposal for the Alliance
to have a presence at conferences already scheduled; and a discussion about
the organizational structure of the Alliance. The outcomes of the meeting
included specific action steps for each organization to further explore
the possibilities of participation and the scheduling of another meeting
in Denmark at the end of September 1999. A working paper was produced.
Anaheim, California. An Inaugural Planning Conference for Diversifying
the Workforce in S&E was held in conjunction with the 1999 Annual AAAS
Meeting. The purpose of this meeting was to more formally shape the direction
and the future activities of the Global Alliance and to explore different
organizational structures. Professionals representing private foundations,
educational institutions, professional associations, industry and government
worldwide were invited.
Budapest, Hungary Participation at UNESCO/ICSU World Conference on Science.
South Africa. "Global Perspective" Women in Science & Technology
Conference of the Ministry of Arts, Culture, Science & Technology.
Tremblant, Canada. Tackling the Engineering Resource Shortage Presentation.
Sponsored by the Engineering Information Foundation (EIF).
London, UK. Working Session at the Engineering Council in the United
Kingdom to begin to strategically address the global need for broader participation
of women in the science and engineering professions. The specific objectives
for this first meeting were to: identify appropriate programs and activities
that meet the needs of individual countries; identify creative strategies
for effecting systemic change; identify collaborative organizations; identify
other countries to invite; and identify specific types of collaborative
projects. The participants of the WEPAN/AAAS/AWIS Working Session concluded
that there was a critical need to learn more about successful recruitment
and retention strategies. The primary outcome of this meeting was a call
to establish a global alliance of organizations, identify best practices
in industry and education from different countries, and develop a plan
to sustain the Global Alliance. A working paper was produced.
Manila, Philippines. APEC Experts Meeting on Gender, Science, and
Paris, France. Establishing an International Coalition of Women in Science
and Engineering Organiztion. Sponsored by British Emmbassy in Paris.
Beijing, China. Fourth World Conference on Women.
never used the expression 'It's the right thing to do'. I think it's a
'70s expression. And doing this [diversifying the workforce] is no more
right than upgrading the facilities. [What Bell Atlantic needs most is]
more diversity of thinking. If everybody in the room is the same, you'll
have a lot fewer arguments and a lot worse answers."