Empowered by the growing feminist movement, 27 women from different disciplines and institutions came together in April 1971 to address the systemic discrimination and career barriers they faced as female scientists. The Association for Women in Science (AWIS) was founded to address these inequities and their impact on America’s scientific and technological workforce.
Early successes included the legislative efforts which led to the enactment of Title IX and court cases which stopped the improper awarding of grants and traineeships at the National Institutes of Health and the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare.
Current Public Policy Objectives
AWIS believes that women in STEM are prevented from reaching their full potential -- not because they are less able or less willing -- but because of barriers that exist in scientific workplaces. We will carry this message to Congress, to the media, and to employers by:
Increasing the interaction with national legislative bodies and federal agencies
Developing mechanisms to increase participation and representation of AWIS members in advocacy initiatives
Strengthening current partnerships and developing new alliances to leverage effectiveness
Advocate for the retention and advancement of women in scientific leadership positions in industry, non-profit organizations and academia
Promote gender specific data collection by national, state, and private entites
Advocate for STEM institutions and corporations to develop policies that increase gender representation on boards, conference programs, and committees
Develop and provide public policy statements on subjects in- cluding Title IX, funding for programs targeted toward increasing women and minority representation in science, and the need for family friendly policies