Leveling the Playing Field

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Science  26 Jul 2013:
Vol. 341, Issue 6144, pp. 317
DOI: 10.1126/science.1242309

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This month, the presidents of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, The National Academy of Engineering, and The Institute of Medicine—together known as the National Academies—reaffirmed their support for the Committee on Women in Science, Engineering, and Medicine (CWSEM). One of the few standing committees to have the support of all three academies, CWSEM's mandate is to coordinate, monitor, and promote action to increase the participation of women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines. Given claims that “the leaky pipeline” is a myth, because losses from STEM fields are compensated for by transfers in from other disciplines during the undergraduate years,* is there still a need to advocate for more women in STEM disciplines from a high-level group such as CWSEM?