Individual academies usually have considerable leverage within their own countries, with many of them providing independent advice to their governments on matters of scientific and technological importance. Thus, for example, academies may press for nondiscrimination legislation in countries where women and minorities lack such protection by the law.
They may look into specific cases of gender-based job discrimination and the legal recourses; or they may support infrastructure (such as the creation of an office focused on diversity issues in science and engineering) to help those who are discriminated against. Academies may also work with government and industries to develop and interpret data on girls’ and women’s progress, or lack thereof, through the education/career pipeline.
Members of the IAC