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Christian Women in Science (CWIS) is an affiliate group of the American Scientific Affiliation (ASA). Founded in 1941, ASA is an international network of Christians in the sciences. The mission of CWIS is to encourage Christian women of all ages to pursue, sustain, and grow in a career in science, technology, engineering or math, and to encourage women in these endeavors to pursue, sustain, and grow in the Christian faith. Christian Women in Science was founded in July 2013.
Some people are skeptical that we need an organization like CWIS today. But the truth is, women earn fewer than a third of the PhDs in computer sciences, earth, atmospheric, and ocean sciences; mathematics and statistics; physical sciences; and engineering. Many of the women with PhDs in science and engineering leave the workforce or academia soon after they begin employment. (The extent of this problem is described in Rosser, S.V., Taylor, M. Z. "Why Are We Still Worried about Women in Science?” in Academe, magazine for the American Association of University Professors, May-June 2009. ) The data from the prestigious "Science Indicators” from the National Science Foundation, discussing all types of STEM degrees and employment, offer more proof of the need for CWIS. This set of slides (prepared for the July 2013 launch of CWIS), and this handout, shows numbers that aroused some passions among women in ASA and gave birth to CWIS.
Take a look yourself. Our sisters in
Christ need support to pursue and stay engaged in science. Our sisters in
science -- who are not Christians -- need to understand, at least, that many Christian
viewpoints are not in conflict with science.
This is what we are about in CWIS.
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CWIS – to help others and to help yourself.