In order to truly foster a culture of scientific advancement, we must offer equitable opportunities for women and underrepresented groups in STEM. As we celebrate Women’s History Month, we continue to advocate for affirmative steps to address and eliminate discrimination and harassment at all levels and on the basis of gender, sexuality, race, religion, nationality, class, education, disability and/or social position.  This month, we invite you to explore a curated list of content that brings attention to these important issues and magnifies the legacy of just a few of the vast, significant contributions of women microbiologists. 

Looking for a hands-on opportunity to contribute yourself? We are looking for members interested in participating in an upcoming Wikipedia edit-a-thon, during which we will focus on editing, updating and even creating biography pages for prominent women and nonbinary microbiologists. Join us March 16 2022, 4-7 p.m ET.

Recommended Resources

  • Watch ASM's discussion with Dr. Jane Willenbring of the film Picture A Scientist about the ongoing pervasive nature of sexual harassment in STEM fields. Continue the conversation with your peers on ASM Connect. 
  • How COVID-19 Impacts Early-Career Women Microbiologists: the consequences of COVID-19 restrictions have led to inequitable competition when it comes to climbing the academic career ladder. Learn why early-career women microbiologists (Ph.D. students and postdocs) continue to be the one of the most challenged categories of all career stages during this time. 
  • Scientific and professional societies play a critical role in diversity, equity and inclusion efforts. Read more in the open access Journal of Microbiology & Biology Education (JMBE) article.
  • Science needs diverse voices to be successful and competitive. To attract and retain these voices, it must be more inclusive, which requires scientists to look at how they themselves can combat microaggressions and make the climate of science more welcoming. Join Dr. Amy Reese, member of the Status of Women in Microbiology Subcommittee, at her session at 2022 ASM Microbe as she discusses how to combat microaggressions in STEM.  
  • Despite severe gender bias, bold and brilliant women paved the way for future generations. Review the list of pioneering women in science from the Association of Women in Science (AWIS). 
  • Representation in STEM matters. AWIS has worked to ensure that young women and girls are inspired and supported to pursue a career in STEM. Review their list of advice to women in STEM.
  • AAAS supports current women innovators in STEM careers by providing grants and storytelling opportunities to lift them up as role models and STEM Ambassadors. IF/THEN is designed to activate a culture shift among young girls to open their eyes to STEM careers.
  • Review the data published in the Journal of Virology that focuses on aiding future organizers in achieving improved equity among the limited number of available positions for session moderators and invited speakers.
  • Dr. Elizabeth McCoy was a pioneering microbiologist and dedicated mentor at the University of Wisconsin. Her discoveries in antibiotics and industrial fermentation have left a legacy of using microbial solutions to solve humanity's problems.

Learn more about ASM’s efforts to elevate, embody and embrace diversity, equity and inclusion as well as our commitment to supporting and spotlighting all microbial scientists from diverse backgrounds, celebrating their important contributions to our field.