The Leaky Science and Engineering Pipeline: How Can We Retain More Women in Academia and Industry?

Thursday, October 18, 2007, 12:00-1:30 p.m.
Rayburn House Office Building B338

Congressional Hosts: House Diversity & Innovation Caucus


Briefing Summary

To remain competitive in a global economy, the U.S. must develop its technological literacy, talent, and expertise across all sectors of society. “Women scientists and engineers face barriers to success in every field of science and engineering, a record that deprives the country of an important source of talent. Without a transformation of academic institutions to tackle such barriers, the future vitality of the U.S. research base and economy is in jeopardy,” says the National Academies report, Beyond Bias and Barriers: Fulfilling the Potential of Women in Academic Science and Engineering. This briefing examined the progress of the Beyond Bias and Barriers report recommendations one year later and reported on a new retention study by the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) that shows how women in industry face similar problems.


  • Dr. Semahat Demir, SWE Director of External Affairs, moderating
  • The Honorable Donna Shalala, Chair, National Academies Committee on Maximizing the Potential of Women in Academic Science and Engineering
    Recommendations from the Beyond Bias and Barriers Report: One Year Later
  • Dr. Lisa Frehill, Executive Director, Commission of Professionals in Science and Technology
    Analysis of SWE’s National Survey of Women in Engineering: Retention of Women Engineers in Industry