I know none of you would have expected this from me, but here is
my exercise in positive thinking for the day:
Good News For Women in Science...for a change
The National Science and Technology Council, formed by executive
order last November, consists of:
John Gibbons, Pres. Science Advisor and chair.
Donna Shalala, Secretary of Health
Neal Lane, Dir. of NSF
Hazel O'Leary, Secretary of Energy
Federico Pena, Secretary of Transportation
Excluding the NSTC chair, the NSTC is 50% women.
In addition to these members, at attendance at an important
meeting early this past July, where the Administration's Science
policy was approved, were also in attendance:
Leon Panetta, Chief of Staff
Alice Rivlin, Office of Management and Budget
James Woolsey, DCI
Laura Tyson, President's Economic Advisor
Ruth Kirschenstein sitting in for Harold Varmus, Dir. NIH
Excluding the Vice President, who chaired the meeting, it looks
like still 50% women. The NSTC Nature v. 370 7 Jul 94 reported
on the meeting, saying "Apart from the white paper, the meeting
endorsed the need to enable and encourage more minorities and women
to enter scientific careers."
The two main reasons reported in Pathways I from Wellesley for
women leaving scientific careers is (1) sexual harassment and
(2) hostility toward women with families in the scientific workplace.
So it would seem that rather than encouraging more women to enter
scientific careers, perhaps simply taking stronger measures to enforce
existing laws against sexual harassment and pregnancy discrimination
might be an inexpensive and reasonable way to retain more women in
scientific careers once they have entered them. It would make more
sense than starting expensive new programs. Just enforce the laws
we already have, guys! It's not asking much, is it!
You can send paper mail to NSTC members at the Office of Science and
Technology Policy, Washington DC 20506. Their FAX number is (they
FAXed me the list of PCAST nominees, and OSTP is surprizingly easy
to reach and talk to) (202) 456-6021.
August 3, 1994, the nominees were announced for the President's
Committe of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST). They are:
John H. Gibbons, Director, Office of Science and Technology Policy
John. H. Young Former Pres. and CEO Hewlett Packard
Norman R. Augustine, CEO Martin Marietta
Francisco Ayala, Prof. Bio. UC Irvine
Murray Gell-Mann, Prof. Santa Fe Inst.
David A. Hamburg, Pres. Carnegie Corp.
John P. Holdren, Prof. of Energy, UCB
Diana MacArthur, CEO, Dynamac Corp.
Shirley Malcom, Dir. Ed. and Human Res. AAAS
Mario Molina, Prof. Environmental Sci. MIT
Peter Raven, Dir. Missouri Botanical Garden
Sally Ride, Prof. of Physics, UCSD
Judith Rodin, President, Univ. PA
Charles A. Sanders CEO Glaxo Inc.
Philip A. Sharp, Head, Bio Dept. MIT
David E. Shaw, CEO, D. E. Shaw and Co.
Charles M. Vest President, MIT
Virginia V. Weldon, Senior VP for Public Policy, Monsanto
Lilian Shiao-Yen Wu, Mem. of Research Staff, Watson Research IBM
Looks like at least 37% women. I can put a bug in MGM's ear, but some
of you out there might have access to some of these other PCAST members.
Cheryl A. Stewart after 1 September:
Santa Fe Institute 430 Kelton Avenue #409
1399 Hyde Park Road Los Angeles CA 90024
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