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Funding woes force 500 Women Scientists to scale back operations

Organization behind Request a Woman Scientist database has let paid staff go and will run as volunteer effort

BY CATHERINE OFFORD


Ebony McGee, a professor of diversity and STEM education at Vanderbilt University, says she is saddened but not surprised by 500 Women Scientists’s situation. It’s ironic that although U.S. funders have pledged billions of dollars to diversity, equity, and inclusion, 500 Women Scientists—“who are actually women and women of color, on the ground doing the work and doing it from a lived experience”—have been unable to maintain even a small staff, she says.


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