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Our Mature Women’s Grant application is now available!
Applications must be received by
Friday, March 31, 2023

Discussion with Dr. Karen Bloom Gevirtz: Force = mass X acceleration: Women’s Changing Place in STEM

April 3rd @ 7:00 pm

It has been a decade since the AAUW released its shocking analysis of women in STEM (science, technology, engineering, medicine). In 2013, women accounted for a tiny percentage of STEM degrees at the undergraduate and graduate level, an even smaller percentage of professionals in these fields, and a disproportionately high percentage of people leaving them. Studies showed that girls and boys entered middle school equally confident and interested in science and math, but by high school, girls’ confidence and interest was far below their male peers’. The more women in a medical specialty or scientific field, the lower the prestige and pay.
In “Force = mass * acceleration,” Dr. Gevirtz discusses the current situation of women in STEM. She shows how gender was built into the concept of these fields from the beginning of the Scientific Revolution, and how confronting the past is vital for future progress.

Karen Gevirtz is a scholar of seventeenth- and eighteenth-century British writing, focusing on women and the scientific revolution. She has degrees in English from Brown University and Emory University. Gevirtz is professor of English at Seton Hall University, and affiliated faculty in both the Medical Humanities Program and the Women and Gender Studies Program. She has authored three books: Life after Death: Widows and the English Novel; Representing the Eighteenth-Century in Film and Literature; and Women, the Novel, and Natural Philosophy, 1660-1727. Her fourth title, The Apothecary’s Wife: The Hidden History of Medication and How it Became a Commodity is coming out from Head of Zeus, a subsidiary of Bloomsbury, in 2024. She has been interviewed for print, radio, and television media, including HuffPost and The Wall Street Journal.

AAUW National is thrilled to announce that the 2023 National Conference for College Women Student Leaders (NCCWSL) will take place May 31-June 3, 2023. The conference will return to an in-person gathering at the University of Maryland, College Park. Undergraduate, graduate and recent graduates are welcome to attend.

Early Bird Rates (Effective through April 3)
NCCWSL STEM Half-Day Workshop Only (May 31): $65
NCCWSL Residential Conference Only (May 31 – June 3): $565
After April 3 – $685 regular rate

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