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No more excuses for all-male panels

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Science  07 Jun 2019:
Vol. 364, Issue 6444, pp. 967-968
DOI: 10.1126/science.364.6444.967-f

Biases, both implicit and explicit, impede the participation of women in STEM. Recent studies show that men are invited to speak on scientific panels at twice the rate that women are. McCullagh et al. describe the success of the “Request a Woman Scientist” database, part of the 500 Women Scientists organization, which works to build an inclusive scientific community. The database is composed of more than 7500 women from multiple disciplines and countries and provides anyone looking for scientific expertise with an extensive and multidisciplinary network of vetted women in science. To date, 11% of women scientists included in the database have been contacted to participate in media engagements, peer review, panel participation, educational outreach, and professional and research connections, further promoting the profile and participation of women in STEM.

PLOS Biol. 17, e3000212 (2019).

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