In an era when women are increasingly prominent in medicine, law, and business, have you ever wondered why are there so few women scientists and engineers? A 2010 research report by AAUW presents compelling evidence that can help to explain this puzzle. Why So Few? Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) presents a profile of eight key research findings that point to environmental and social barriers — including stereotypes, gender bias, and the climate of science and engineering departments in colleges and universities — that continue to block women’s progress in STEM. Download the report here

Once again the YWCA and the Arizona Science Center will attempt to break through the barriers and overcome the gender bias and stereotypes that keep women from considering a career in STEM leadership at the 2nd  Annual YWCA Women’s Empowerment Breakfast entitled,  “Women and Girls in STEM”  on September 27that 7:30 AM at the Arizona Science Center.  We hope you will join us for this inspiring event featuring a panel discussion from women leaders who excel in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. The featured panelists are: Miesha Stoute, Chief Operating Officer, Universal Laser Systems Heidi Jennenga, @WebPT Co-Founder & President, and Dana Rasmussen, Member of Arizona Science Center’s Teen Board, Senior at Sandra Day O’Connor High School The panel will share their stories of ascension into leadership and their vision for the future of STEM. The discussion will be moderated by Chevy Humphrey, President and CEO of the Arizona Science Center. Through this dynamic series we inspire women to advocacy and empower women to further pursue their personal and career dreams.

Register Online at YWCAAZ.ORG or Call 602-258-0990 x11.

General Registration is $50. Member Registration is $45 To Become a Member of the YWCA visit