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Recognizing and empowering women in STEM at Stanford

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Image credit: L.A. Cicero
Mar 2 2020
Education, Fellow, Research, Stanford, Students

Although women are graduating with science degrees in increasing numbers, their representation diminishes by the time they reach more senior levels. To give women a sense of belonging in STEM departments – and ultimately ensure the world benefits from their ideas and insights – over a dozen groups at Stanford University are pushing their communities to amplify and encourage the influence of women in STEM.

One such group, led by Margot Gerritsen, professor of energy resources engineering in the School of Earth, Energy and Environmental Sciences, runs an international network of data science conferences that feature woman panelists and speakers. They will have their fifth Women in Data Science Conference on March 2.

“We do not just want work with women at the exclusion of others. We do want to promote outstanding work by outstanding women, and show women they are not alone in this field.” Gerritsen said. “Being in a room with 400 other women with outstanding women presenting on stage is an eye-opener for everyone because none of us have been seeing enough of these women and their fantastic research through traditional venues.”

As part of Stanford’s Long-Range Vision, the Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access in a Learning Environment (IDEAL) initiative is working across the entire campus community to advance the university’s commitment to the values of diversity and inclusion.

Julia Olivieri and Allison Koenecke are both 2016 EDGE-STEM Fellows. Hermanas in STEM and the Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science are both Diversity and Inclusion Innovation Funds (DIF)-funded projects.

VPGE supports diversity, inclusion, and equity on campus, from individual student fellowships to grants for student-led initiatives.