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 our four main goals:
- Networking/community building
- Career development
WISAY is a group of over 500 undergraduates, graduate students, and postdocs. It was founded in 1999 by three graduate students who wanted to create a forum for women in all disciplines of 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.