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Women in Science: EPA Reaching Out To Empower Women Around The World

2011 March 11

By Michelle DePass

I am not a scientist, but in the world of environmental policy, science is a part of our everyday discussions and decisions. So I’m happy to help carry the message about the importance of promoting science and technology as the key to moving forward an agenda as large as protecting human health and the environment, meeting the needs of growing and rapidly urbanizing populations and increasing employment. We know that as we look to use science and technology to drive economic development and resolve health and environmental challenges, we must also ensure that our approach supports our goals for women’s equality.

Two weeks ago, I was thrilled to join Administrator Jackson, leading women scientists in Ethiopia and students pursuing science degrees at the Addis Ababa University to highlight the achievements of women scientists and the role science policy can play in helping solve the most challenging environmental and public health issues of our time.

DePasse2At the same time Administrator Jackson and I were having a conversation with future women leaders in Ethiopia, our colleagues from across the world came together to discuss the importance of promoting women in science and celebrate the launch of the new United Nations agency called ‘UN Women’. The establishment of UN Women reflects a shared global concern with the slow pace of change. We all know that it is no longer acceptable to live in a world where girls do not have equal access to education, where women’s employment opportunities are limited and where the threat of gender-based violence is a daily reality — at home, at school and at work.

To continue this global conversation on the role of women in science, on March 8, International Women’s Day, Administrator Jackson joined two leading women scientists from Indonesia for a live web chat with participants from Jakarta and the U.S. It was inspiring to hear how women in science around the world face similar challenges, but also share the same optimism for the future.

Together with colleagues from across the U.S. government and around the world, we at EPA will work to highlight the efforts of this generation of women leaders – and, I hope, by tirelessly promoting women’s access to education and science-based careers — inspire the next generation.

About the author: Michelle DePass is EPA’s Assistant Administrator for International and Tribal Affairs and continues to be a leading voice on expanding environmental justice in less advantaged communities here at home and in countries around the world.

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6 Responses leave one →
  1. Wholesale Sunglasses USA permalink
    March 11, 2011

    Good post! Thanks for sharing your experience.

  2. Indiana Mortgages permalink
    March 12, 2011

    Proposed budget cuts will make the importance of promoting science and technology even more critical to moving forward such an agenda.

  3. Alexander permalink
    March 12, 2011

    I agree with Michelle DePass on the whole. Women are our the past, the future and the present. They are our green universe, our environment. They have to rule it, they’ll save it and us.

  4. DIY Hair Care permalink
    March 14, 2011

    “We all know that it is no longer acceptable to live in a world where girls do not have equal access to education…” Yes, this is unacceptable. I am so glad that your organization is out here!

    Education is truly something that no one can take away from you once you have it and no women should be deprived of that basic right.

  5. DIY Hair Care permalink
    March 14, 2011

    “We all know that it is no longer acceptable to live in a world where girls do not have equal access to education…”

    As a woman, I think this is amazing! I hope the day comes soon where women and everyone else will be treated with equality and respect.

    Great work!

  6. Linto permalink
    March 14, 2011

    Nice post..
    Save the world from environmental damage!!!

    Regards..
    Linto

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