May 2005 News Release
FOR RELEASE MAY 11, 2005
Contact: Carol Muller
Founder and CEO, MentorNet
THOUSANDS SIGN LETTER ASKING SENATORS TO INCREASE WOMEN'S PARTICIPATION IN SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING
Organizations join together to ask Senators to encourage Congress to advance all women's
full participation in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics
(San José, CA) - In the United States, women account for barely 10 percent of all engineers and just 34% percent of all
scientists. Greater awareness of the current under-representation of women in science, technology, engineering, and
mathematics is important to advance women's participation in these fields and examine the factors that play a role in
On May 11, at an 11:30 a.m. press conference on Capitol Hill, a coalition of organizations and individuals presented U.S.
Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR) and George Allen (R-VA) a letter encouraging Congress to take action to advance women's full
participation in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. The letter outlines the issues and the efforts that
must be taken to increase the numbers of all women entering these fields.
"Over 6,000 individuals have signed the letter," said Carol Muller, CEO of the non-profit MentorNet, one of the
organizations involved in bringing together the signers on this issue. "We must continue to take action to reverse
the under-representation of women in these fields and to increase their opportunities. We must act now because our
nation runs the risk of losing leadership in these fields."
Joining the CEO of MentorNet in presenting the letter to Senators Wyden and Allen were representatives of the National
Women's Law Center, the Association for Women in Science, the Society of Women Engineers, the Women in Engineering
Programs & Advocates Network, the International Network of Women Engineers and Scientists, Engineers Week, the Center
for Women in Information Technology, the Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology, the National Center for Women
& Information Technology, the Association for Women in Mathematics, the Commission on Professionals in Science and
Technology, Girls Inc., the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, and numerous others. To learn more about
the presentation of the letter to the Senators, or to read the letter, go to www.MentorNet.net/wyden-allen/.
About MentorNet - www.MentorNet.net
MentorNet, currently headquartered in San José, Calif., is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization working to further
the progress of women and others underrepresented in scientific and technical fields through the use of a dynamic,
technology-supported mentoring network. MentorNet aims to advance individuals and society, and enhance engineering
and related sciences, by promoting a diversified, expanded, and talented workforce. In partnership with colleges
and universities, corporations, government labs and agencies, and professional societies, MentorNet is international
in scope, serving students and professionals from all over the world. Major funding is provided by the Alcoa Foundation,
AT&T Foundation, IBM, Intel Foundation, Cisco Systems, and Symantec.
See the text of the letter presented.