Women in the chemical workforce was identified as a workshop topic by the CSR in response to broad concerns in the chemical sciences community about underutilization of women in chemistry and chemical engineering. To provide a forum for exploring these concerns, a workshop was planned for May 2000.
The workshop, “Women in the Chemical Workforce,” gathered leaders in chemistry and chemical engineering from government, industry, and academia together with experts from the social sciences and from business to explore practical approaches to improving the effectiveness of employers from all sectors in hiring and enabling the success of female professionals in chemistry. I am grateful to those members of the roundtable who provided key assistance in identifying topics and people for the workshop. A special note of thanks goes to Dr. Jong-On Hahm of the National Research Council’s Committee on Women in Science and Engineering for her advice and assistance in organizing the workshop.