Science, all inclusive

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Science  14 Aug 2015:
Vol. 349, Issue 6249, pp. 671
DOI: 10.1126/science.aad1421

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After years of public leadership around fairness, equity, and diversity in science and engineering, the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and its journal Science recently have been questioned about this leadership. AAAS is, after all, the organization that stopped all annual meetings in the “Jim Crow” South in the 1950s; that, at great expense, pulled its meeting out of Chicago to respect the ban on meeting in states that did not ratify the Equal Rights Amendment (1979); that held the first fully accessible professional meeting in Boston (1976), long before passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act; and that, in 1972, established the Committee on Opportunities in Science to advise what is now a mostly female AAAS Board of Directors on diversity issues. Long before public support of the rights of LGBTQ individuals, AAAS passed a nondiscrimination resolution (1975). The values upon which this organization is based not only remain intact, but continue to strengthen through dialogues with the scientific community and through actions that advance science for the benefit of all.