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Tomorrow’s Women, Tomorrow’s World

The full report of the March 2009 conference, Tomorrow’s Women, Tomorrow’s World, is now available online from the U.K. Resource Centre for Women in Science, Engineering, and Technology. Conference reports aren’t usually page-turners, but I attended this excellent meeting, and I think the report sums everything up nicely and succinctly. For me, the highlights were:

-Meeting Maggie Aderin-Pocock, who launched the U.K. portion of “She is an Astronomer” at the conference. We profiled her in Science Careers last week.

-Hearing Wendy Schultz talk about her work as a futurist. I’m so glad the world has people like her to think about about change on a global level. (Hear her plenary talk and see her workshop materials.)

-Appreciating BBC journalist Maggie Philbin’s contributions to the discussion and her excellent job as meeting moderator (hey, it’s a true skill to move discussion forward and keep everyone on schedule).

-Talking to so many fabulous women scientists, including Rhian Chapman, a recent engineering graduate who’s now at Selex Galileo — who later spoke with us for an article on careers in the defense industry.

If reading a brief conference summary is still too much, how about Tweets? I did my first experiment with Twitter from this conference, and the highlights are below. (We now have an official Science Careers Twitter feed, @mysciencecareer.)

>Lord Drayson: Children should be learning about more modern science heroines.

>Silvia Walby: women have moved out of the home so now the whole world can exploit them.

>Susie Uppal: Why is it that something as wonderful as having children can have such a negative effect on women’s careers?

>Annette Williams: gender equality doesn’t require 50/50 representation, it requires equal choices and equal opportunities

>UKRC statistics:
percent of SET employees who are women now: 18.5%. In 2030: 20.9%.
Good? Not so good? (SET=science, engineering, tech)

>Helen Walker: “Most female astronomers marry male astronomers. Must be those long nights.”

>Royal Society of Chemistry: intention of staying in research halves among women between beginning and end of chemistry PhDs.

>”at times of war, turmoil favors the bold woman.”

>Quick poll taken here: does working from home improve work-life balance? 83.9% say yes. Agree?

>That’s all from Tomorrow’s Women, Tomorrow’s World. Check out women in SET blog here: KT in London, over and out!


All the workshop materials for Tomorrow’s Women, Tomorrow’s World are collected here. Enjoy!