Twenty-Five Years of NWSA: Have We Built the Two-Way Streets between Women's Studies and Women in Science and Technology?

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A survey conducted in 1988 of the annual meetings of the National Women's Studies Association (NWSA) from 1979 to 1986 documented the percentage of individual papers and entire sessions in the conferences focused on science, technology, or health. The twenty-fifth anniversary of NWSA becomes an appropriate time to update these percentages and review the past, current, and future impacts of the two-way street of science and technology on NWSA and of NWSA on the broader scientific and technology communities. This review becomes especially timely since in 2001, for the first time in public and print, the presidents of the most prestigious research universities suggested that science and engineering might need to change to accommodate women. Because transformation of the academy signals the hallmark of Women's Studies, NWSA and women's studies faculty must play a critical role in the institutional changes required.

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