Fermilab hosts a March 9 talk on the shortage of women in science as part of a Women’s History Month celebration

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Women’s History Month talk free and open to the public

Batavia, Ill. – Although the number of women pursuing scientific careers is growing, women are still largely underrepresented in most scientific and technical fields. In recognition of Women’s History Month, Fermilab’s Diversity Office will sponsor a talk at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, March 9, about the continued shortage of women in science.

In her talk, titled “Gender, Race and Science Education,” Sandra Hanson, professor of sociology at the Catholic Universities of America, will focus on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education and the many factors that continue to create barriers for girls in these areas.

Hanson, author of Swimming Against the Tide: African American Girls and Science Education, will also talk about her recent research and the factors that both discourage and encourage young African American women in STEM education. She will also discuss suggestions for policies and programs that would encourage the participation of all young people, regardless of gender or race, in STEM education.

This event is free and open to the public. “Gender, Race and Science Education,” will take place at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, March 9 in Fermilab’s Ramsey Auditorium.

The talk is one of many events sponsored by Fermilab’s Diversity Office in celebration of Women’s History Month. Please see Fermilab’s Women’s History Month Web site, http://www.fnal.gov/diversity/womens_history/, for more information about Women’s History Month activities throughout the month of March. Visit the profiles section of the Web site, http://www.fnal.gov/diversity/womens_history/profiles.html, to view more than 50 profiles of women who have made valuable contributions to the laboratory and its science throughout the years.

Fermilab is a Department of Energy national laboratory operated under contract by the Fermi Research Alliance, LLC. The DOE Office of Science is the single largest supporter of basic research in the physical sciences in the nation and helps ensure U.S. world leadership across a broad range of scientific disciplines.