The 2005 recipients
of the National Medal of Science were announced by President George W. Bush on May 29 and, for the third straight year, no women were honored. In fact, over the past decade only 10 women have received the award compared to 87 men, according to the Society for Women’s Health Research.

"When the significant and ongoing contributions of women in science go unacknowledged, it can discourage even the best and brightest women from pursuing a career in these disciplines," said Phyllis Greenberger, president and CEO of the Society for Womens Health Research. "We know that positive exposure and visibility for women and minority scientists greatly enhance their opportunity for career advancement, as well as inspire young people who can see someone ‘like them’ excelling in science."

SWHR has established the RAISE project to help ensure that qualified women are nominated for top national awards in science, medicine and engineering. The RAISE website features upcoming awards and links to other award sites, arranged by discipline and career level.

Christine

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