||HISTORY & MISSION
The Board on Women and Minorities falls
under the Commission on Education and Human Resources.The first Board
meeting was held in 1975. Since then, board members have been charged
with examining workplace issues, including educational and professional
opportunities, that affect those employed in the atmospheric and
related sciences for all segments of the Society, with special emphasis
on women, minorities, and the disabled.
Meteorological Society promotes the participation of a full and diverse
community in all activities of the Society on the basis of professional
attributes alone. Such activities include publications, meetings,
conferences, education, awards and honors, and employment. The Society
firmly believes that discrimination based on any non-merit factor will
prevent the Society from reaching its full potential. Accordingly, it
is the policy of the Society to encourage the fullest diversity of its
participants and to ensure that all of the Society's activities will be
carried out free of non-merit discriminatory practices.
There is substantial
evidence that attitudes toward gender and work are affected by
textbooks and the attitudes of teachers, parents, and other adults
By 2010, 1 of every
4 new jobs will be technology oriented. (National Science Foundation)
The ratio of boys to
girls computer camps is 3:1. While more young men than young women
enroll in high school math and science classes, girls who do enroll
perform as well as their male classmates. (Women Helping Girls with
Choices, Advocacy Press, 1989, p. 13)
The National Science
Foundation reported that women represented 24% of the science and
engineering workforce in 1999.
The US Patent and
Trademark office reported that percentage of female patentees expanded
to 10.3% in 1998, up from less than 3% in the early 80s.