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SWE Honors Congresswomen for Promoting Women in Engineering
Jul 31, 2008
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The Society of Women Engineers (SWE) honored Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) with its first SWE President’s Award at a reception held on Capitol Hill on July 23, 2008. At the same time, SWE also honored the House Diversity and Innovation Caucus for its work in promoting under-represented groups in the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields over the past year.

The President’s Award was established to provide special recognition to those individuals or organizations that have made significant contributions to women in engineering. SWE selected Congresswoman Johnson as its first recipient for her efforts to implement the recommendations of the 2006 National Academies report, “Beyond Bias and Barriers: Fulfilling the Potential of Women in Academic Science and Engineering,” and promote gender equity in academic science and engineering.

Congresswoman Johnson is one of the six Co-Chairs of the House Diversity and Innovation Caucus, which was founded in 2007 on the belief that “the increased education and participation of groups currently under-represented in STEM is essential to supplying the American economy with the expertise the country needs to innovate and remain competitive.”

Over the past year, the House Diversity and Innovation Caucus has been active in advancing this goal. They have generated policies for increasing the participation of groups under-represented in the STEM fields; communicated the importance of promoting diversity in STEM for the achievement of America’s innovation and competitiveness goals; and engaged their stakeholder community in an effort to assess policy areas of greatest need regarding diversity and innovation.

Other Members of Congress who provided remarks at the event included Representative Ruben Hinojosa (D-TX), Representative Mike Honda (D-CA), Representative Hilda Solis (D-CA), and Representative Jackie Speier (D-CA).

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