Women’s History Month 2013: Facts of the day

These facts were taken directly from a Defense Equal Opportunity management Institute Directorate of Research Development and Strategic Initiatives publication.  Additional facts will be posted throughout the month of March, 2013.

For more on Women’s History Month visit the Navy Personnel Command’s Women’s History Month Page

·         March 4th – A 2011 report by the U.S. Department of Commerce found only one in seven engineers was female. Additionally, women have seen no employment growth in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics jobs since 2000.

[Source – http://www.esa.doc.gov/Reports/women-stem-gender-gap-innovation]

·         March 3rd – The Women’s Memorial at Arlington National Cemetery was dedicated in 1997 and is a living memorial honoring all military women—past, present, and future. The memorial is the only major national memorial honoring women who have served in our nation’s defense during all eras and in all services. Work on the memorial was in progress for 11 years.

[Source – http://www.womensmemorial.org/]

·         March 2nd – The Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Education Coalition advocates for policies to improve STEM education at all levels. The central mission of the coalition is to inform federal policymakers on STEM issues and serve as an advocate for the critical role that STEM education plays in U.S. competitiveness and future economic prosperity.

[Source – http://www.stemedcoalition.org/wp-content/uploads/2010/05/Note-2012-Annual-Report-for-the-STEM-Education-Coalition.pdf]

·         March 1st – Each year, the National Women’s History Project selects a theme that highlights achievements by distinguished women in specific fields. The theme for 2013 is Women Inspiring Innovation Through Imagination: Celebrating Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). This year, we honor generations of women who, throughout history, have used their intelligence, imagination, and tenacity to make extraordinary contributions to the STEM fields. 

[Source – http://nwhp.org/whm/index.php]

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