EDITORIAL

Merged Cultures to Empower Women

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Science  08 Apr 2011:
Vol. 332, Issue 6026, pp. 149
DOI: 10.1126/science.1206223

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The 55th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) of the United Nations (UN) closed last month with little fanfare, but there was cause for celebration. For the first time, the CSW, traditionally a forum to examine improvement of women's rights and gender equality, merged this broad interest with issues of science and technology (S&T). This makes sense because empowering women as scientists and engineers, supporting girls' education in science, and valuing women as builders of economic development all contribute to gender equality. The merger of these two areas produced recommendations to governments and nongovernmental entities that go far beyond what either group would likely have developed independently.