Margaret-Ann Armour and WISEST--an incredible legacy in advancing women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and the work still to do.

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From: Canadian Journal of Chemistry(Vol. 99, Issue 8)
Publisher: NRC Research Press
Document Type: Article
Length: 5,543 words
Lexile Measure: 1900L

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Dr. Margaret-Ann Armour was a visionary and leader in addressing the issue of gender inclusivity and discrimination in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). She was instrumental in creating WISEST--Women in Scholarship, Engineering, Science, and Technology--in 1982, which was one of the first programs in Canada intentionally designed to increase the participation of women and girls in STEM career paths. Since then, this innovative organization has designed several programs featuring hands-on learning and mentoring that reduce barriers and empower people from underrepresented and marginalized groups to pursue education and careers in STEM fields. This review provides a template for WISEST programs, discusses their impact on diversity in STEM, and highlights the work still to be done. Key words: gender, EDI, education, unconscious bias. La Dre Margaret-Ann Armor etait une visionnaire et l'une des premieres a se pencher sur la question de l'inclusion et de la discrimination fondee sur le sexe dans les domaines des sciences, des technologies, du genie et des mathematiques (STGM). Elle a joue un role determinant dans la creation, en 1982, du mouvement Women in Scholarship, Engineering, Science and Technology (WISEST). Ce programme a ete l'un des premiers au Canada a etre concu dans le but d'accroitre la participation des femmes et des filles aux parcours de carriere en STGM. Depuis lors, cet organisme novateur a mis de l'avant plusieurs programmes d'apprentissage pratique et de mentorat qui reduisent les barrieres et donnent l'assurance necessaire aux personnes des groupes sous-representes et marginalises pour poursuivre leur formation et leur carriere dans les domaines des STGM. Dans cet article de synthese, nous presentons un modele de programmes WISEST a emuler, nous discutons de l'incidence de ces programmes sur la diversite en STGM et nous mettons en evidence le travail qui reste a accomplir. Mots-cles : sexe, EDI, education, biais inconscient.

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