you know that women account for only 9.6% of all U.S.
engineers? The Women in Engineering Programs & Advocates
Network is hoping that female college students will
find encouragement through MentorNet, a growing e-mailŠ
based mentoring program that pairs female students
with professionals working in the science and technological
industries. It hopes to provide positive role models,
boost student confidence, establish networks, and
widen access to the professional community. Find out
if MentorNet is available at your school or sign up
to inspire a future engineer at www.mentornet.net.
to balance the demands of work and care for an elderly
loved one can be a stressful challenge. Of unpaid
elder caregivers in the U.S., 72% are women, and two
thirds of them are working full- or part-time outside
the home, in addition. The U.S. Department of Labor's
Women's Bureau offers a concise guide to services
and helpful information. Work and Elder Care: Facts
for Caregivers and Their Employers discusses home
health aides, money managers, family and medical leave,
telephone reassurance systems, and legal assistance.
It's available at www.dol.gov/dol/wb
or by calling (800) 827-5335.
Catalyst study of dual-career couples found that women
and men agreed in nearly identical percentages (67%
of women, 69% of men) that even without the financial
need to do so, they would continue to work. Rise and
those crayons and a copy of Painting Our Way to a
Better Future and you've got some powerful tools for
breaking kids' stereotypes about "women's work." The
25-page coloring book is put out by Hard Hatted Women,
a nonprofit organization working to educate, train,
and assist women in acquiring jobs, especially those
considered "nontraditional." Captions like, "I'm really
proud of my grandmother. She has been a heavy equipment
operator for many years" accompany drawings of women
police officers, carpenters, and tile and iron workers.
Proceeds from the book benefit Hard Hatted Women.
Obtain a copy ($7 plus shipping and handling) by calling
(216) 961-4449 or visit www.womenintrades.org/hhwprod.
the Fairness in This?>>>The
wage gap is closing, but at a rate of less than half
a penny a year since 1963. Think that's bad? You'll
be even more fired up when you find out what that
gap will cost you. Go to the AFL-CIO's
new Web site, where you'll discover you might
be losing over one million dollars in the course of
your lifetime. The site lists ways to help make sure
pay equity is a national priority.