Chapter 1:

Introduction

This report is the ninth in a series of Congressionally mandated biennial reports on the status of women and minorities in science and engineering. The primary purpose of this report is to serve as an information source on the participation of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities in science and engineering. It offers no endorsement or recommendations on policies or programs. The report documents both short and long-term trends in the participation of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities in science and engineering education and employment.

Current data and historical trends from a number of National Science Foundation (NSF) surveys are reported, and also, where appropriate, findings from externally conducted research are cited. The report follows the chronological sequence of the educational system, then analyzes workforce participation.

Major Findings

Several major findings arise from an examination of data in this report.



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