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Activities of the Committee on Women in Statistics of the International Statistical Institute by Cynthia Clark. Article featured in The Caucus for Women in Statistics Newsletter, Vol 41, no 2: Spring 2011, page 5.   (article)

CWI website named on the list of "Top resources for women in math."

Recommendation letters may be costing women jobs, promotions - New study shows that qualities mentioned in recommendation letters for women differ sharply from those for men, and those differences may be costing women jobs and promotions in academia and medicine. Science 360 News Update from National Science Foundation ( 8 November, 2010) contact Jessica Stark .  (article

Women in Science Still Overlooked - is an article written by Mari Palta, Chair of Committee on Women in Statistics. Report summarizes a variety of ways women are involved in activities related to the ASA. ( Amstat News - October 2010).   (article

Awards for Women Fall Short - is an article by Mary W. Gray and Bonnie Ghosh-Dastidar addresses the under representation of women among award recipients. ( Amstat News - October 2010).  (article

American Association of University Women (AAUW) – Breaking Barriers for Women and Girls.  International Fellowships and Grants and Leadership courses for women and girls.  For more information, visit the website at

Statistics Education Research Journal (SERJ)This is the new electronic journal of the International Association for Statistical Education (IASE) and the International Statistical Institute (ISI).  Its homepage is at  Initially SERJ will be published twice a year and will be free.

The Caucus for Women in Statistics (CWIS) organized several events at the 2009 Joint Statistical Meetings (JSM) including an invited paper session, “The Gertrude Cox Scholarship: 20 years of Recognizing Young Women in Statistics” and the 20th Gertrude Cox Scholarship race. The Cox Scholarship recipients were honored at the JSM Awards ceremony. The CWIS also hosted a breakfast buffet roundtable and co- hosted with the American Statistical Association (ASA) a First Time JSM Attendee luncheon reception.  (report)

“Strategic Planning Process Implemented” (Amstat News – November 2008) is an article written by Ann Cannon for the Strategic Planning Commission Section in Statistical Education. (article)

The Philippa Fawcett Collection comprises almost 200 books which were written by or about female mathematicians working before 1940, including some dating from before 1868, when no women were able to attend a university or to obtain any formal mathematical training. The annual UK Women in Mathematics Day was augmented this year (2008) by a reception to mark the launch of the 'Philippa Fawcett Collection.(article)

Study Reveals Reasons for Women's Departure from the Sciences by Jill Montaquilla
An NIH news release announced the results of a study on women's reasons for not pursuing advanced research careers. The study results indicate that despite the gender equality that exists among undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral scientists, many "women scientists are not pursuing advanced research careers because of a heavier burden of family responsibility and lower confidence compared to men." The full NlH News Release is available online at http://www.nih.qov/news/pr/oct2007/od-31.htm.  (article in Caucus for Women in Statistics Newsletter Volume 38. No.2, Spring 2008, Newsbriefs)

Human Interest Story in achievement: Sandi Rhys Jones wins “First Woman” Award (2008) celebrating achievements of pioneering business women in Britain. In an industry desperately short of female talent, Sandi is a shining example of just how far you can go. Her own achievements are outstanding. But more importantly, she demonstrated a competence for pushing women forward in the sector through a wide variety of mentoring roles. Presenting Sandi with her trophy was Baroness Boothroyd, the first female Speaker of the House of Commons. "I have some idea of what it's like to compete in a man's world," she said. "We can do it, girls!" (more information)

The UK Resource Centre (UKRC) for Women in Science, Engineering and Technology (SET) works to significantly improve the participation and position of women in science, engineering and technology occupations in industry, research, academia, and public service to benefit the future productivity of the UK and the lifetime earnings and career aspirations of women. It is the UK's leading Centre providing information and advisory services to employers and organizations in the SET sectors and supporting women entering, returning and progressing in these fields. (

Mentoring:  Open Discussion by Cathy Furlong  (Caucus for Women in Statistics Newsletter, Volume 38, No. 3, Summer 2008) Jill Montaquilla, Spring edition of the Caucus Spring Newsletter, introduced the article “Study Reveals Reasons for Women’s Departure from the Sciences”. (The full NIH News Release October 2007 is available online at A recent email (August 26, 2008) from the Women in Mathematics Education “ introduced an article on the MentorNet website (San Jose, CA) –“Mentoring is a key factor in keeping women and minorities on track to careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, yet they overwhelmingly reported a lack of mentoring opportunities, according to a new study released by MentorNet.” (Research briefs summarizing the finding are available for Academic Leaders, Students, and Faculty, along with the full study on the MentorNet website (

International Women's Conference in London, March 2007 The National School of Government, the training provider for the UK Civil Service and public sector, hosted on 8-9 March 2007 an International Women’s Conference to coincide with International Women’s Day. The theme was women’s leadership globally and locally. The conference was open to public sector women in leadership roles. Jane Longhurst, a Principal Methodologist at the Office for National Statistics, was a delegate at the conference and provided the following article. (article)

Gender Statistics: an Evaluation by Esther Breitenbach.  This report (2007) reviews the public availability of gender disaggregated statistics in local government, education, health, criminal justice and transport. It covers statistics for GB as a whole, but also for England, Scotland and Wales individually. It is intended to be used by statisticians and gender equality specialists in public bodies and other interested parties to source relevant statistics. Gender statistics are central to understanding patterns of gender inequality in the public Sector so that we can develop objectives for change under the new gender equality duty.

Tenure: Is It Really Outmoded?  "Recently, there has been an increase in the numbers of faculty hired on limited term contracts of five years or less and an increase in the numbers of part-time temporary faculty hired. Is this an indication that demanding a “life lasting” job might not be the most realistic approach in an academic career? Read more about issues of tenure for women in sciences in " Tenure: Is it really outmoded?” by Tena I. Katsaounis. PhD, Department of Mathematics, The Ohio State University, Ovalwood 383, 1760 University Drive, Mansfield OH 4906, (article)

UK Senior Civil Service Women’s Network Views relating to issues relevant to Career Advancement of Women, September 2005. (powerpoint slides)

Helping Women Get to the Top  (The Economist, July 2005) (article)



Oceanic - Report for New Zealand:   Report on the Women in Statistics Conference (20 October 2010) by Sharleen Forbes - A mini conference was held in New Zealand to celebrate World Statistics Day and to promote and celebrate women's achievements in statistics. (report)   A photo of the Minister of Women's Affairs with five of the six speakers -- From left to right: Assoc. Prof Jenny Brown,Lisa Davies, Minister of Women's Affairs-the Hon Pansy Wong, Adj. Prof Sharleen Forbes, Assoc-Prof Megan Clark, and Prof Natalie Jackson. (photo)

Middle East - Report for Palestine:   Ms. Ola Awad has been appointed President of the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics (PCBS). PCBS provides Palestine's Official Statistics. Ms. Awad is the first female to head a non-ministerial governmental institution.  (report)



FAO Agri-Gender Database

A statistical toolkit for the production of sex-disaggregated agricultural data that was developed by FAO’s Regional Office for Africa and FAO’s Statistics and Gender Division. While the first edition focuses on Africa, examples given can easily be adapted to other regions and other country specific circumstances.   
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A Characterization of Statisticians by Gender in Several Countries

Following the committee's first meeting in August 1997, work started on a project whose aim was to arrive at what can be briefly described as "relative characterizations of women statisticians". The characterizations were to be derived from information on men and women statisticians obtained by local teams in a number of countries in which women members of the ISI or its Sections resided. Following the committee's first meeting in August 1997, work started on a project whose aim was to arrive at what can be briefly described as "relative characterizations of women statisticians". The characterizations were to be derived from information on men and women statisticians obtained by local teams in a number of countries in which women members of the ISI or its Sections resided.    > More


Experiences of Women Statisticians in Professional Life

The ISI Committee on Women in Statistics, in consultation with the full ISI committee, decided in early July 2001 that Dr. Beverley Carlson, Chair of ISI CWS, would organize a session on the Experiences of Women Statisticians in Professional Life, with more focus on women statisticians working in the private sector. Beverley Carlson suggested that one of the papers would be on the experience of women statisticians connected with the drug development business and would be presented by Dr. Sheela Talwalker, former Director of Clinical Statistics at Pharmacia. By the end of November 2001, Beverley Carlson's proposal for the session was accepted.   > More



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