trends for women in the fields of science and technology have
been disconcerting. Despite the fact that women make up more
than 50% of the population, the number of women pursuing technical
disciplines is alarmingly small. The numbers vary with discipline
(e.g. fields like biology and psychology attract women in higher
numbers than fields like engineering and physics), but we are
seeing a drop off of women pursuing graduate degrees in all
disciplines. Similar trends exist for people of the traditional
affected groups (i.e., people of color and certain heritages).
was formed by a group of volunteers
in 2000 to address what UMass Amherst and the Five College Community
can do to reverse that trend where we can make a difference.
There are a number of programs and activities already underway
that TWIST is committed to complimenting. But the fact is that
we can create an environment within our own community that will
support and encourage women who are pursuing technical disciplines.
As such, TWIST has endorsed the following vision:
encourage women to pursue, and support women who are pursuing
careers in technical disciplines
is overseen by a Steering Committee that works to: