As Women in Science At Yale (WISAY), we are dedicated to promoting the interests of women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), supporting women scientists, and advocating for gender equality in all fields.
Historically, only a small fraction of science degrees were awarded to women, but in recent decades women's overall participation in STEM fields has steadily increased. Today, women earn half of all bachelor's degrees in science. Women's involvement in advanced study and careers in STEM fields continues to grow. However, women are still underrepresented in many STEM fields and face significant challenges at the highest levels of these professions.
WISAY seeks to help overcome these disparities by supporting women at all career levels through mentoring, networking, career development, and community building.
WISAY is a group of over 250 undergraduate, graduate, and postdocs. WISAY was founded in 1999 by three graduate students who wanted to create a forum for women in all disciplines of science.
WISAY has two divisions: WISAY General and WISAY Mentoring. WISAY General organizes events for all WISAY members and aims to hold one event per month. Events include article discussions, afternoon teas, seminars, and networking events. WISAY Mentoring manages the WISAY Mentoring Program in which Yale undergraduates mentees are paired with graduate/post-doc mentors. Events held by WISAY Mentoring are united by the common theme of mentoring and aims to encourage undergraduate women to pursue careers in science.
WISAY creates a campus-wide network of scientists across many scientific disciplines and provides the opportunity for Yale scientists to meet with leading women scientists from Yale and around the country. Our goals as an organization include:
- Creating community
- Career development