on Gender Equity in Academic Science and Engineering
What and Why?
Nine research institutions
participated in a "pilot" workshop to:
- Understand the underrepresentation
and marginalization of women science and engineering faculty members
within their institutions
- Consider what actions
they could take, collectively and individually, to address this
underrepresentation and marginalization
Where and When?
This workshop was hosted
at MIT on January 28-29, 2001.
and senior women faculty from each institution attended (see complete
participants list). The nine participating institutions were:
- California Institute
- Harvard University
- Princeton University
- Stanford University
- University of CaliforniaBerkeley
- University of Michigan
- University of Pennsylvania
- Yale University
At the conclusion of
the workshop, the heads of the nine delegations signed the following
in Academic Science and Engineering
higher education have an obligation, both for themselves and
for the nation, to fully develop and utilize all the creative
talent available. We recognize that barriers still exist to
the full participation of women in science and engineering.
To address this issue, we have agreed to work within our institutions
- A faculty whose
diversity reflects that of the students we educate. This
goal will be pursued in part by monitoring data and sharing
- Equity for,
and full participation by, women faculty. This goal will
be pursued in part by periodic analysis of data concerning
compensation and the distribution of resources to faculty.
Senior women faculty should be significantly involved in
- A profession,
and institutions, in which individuals with family responsibilities
are not disadvantaged.
We recognize that
this challenge will require significant review of, and potentially
significant change in, the procedures within each university,
and within the scientific and engineering establishments as
We will reconvene
to share the specific initiatives we have undertaken to achieve