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ISI Committee on Women in Statistics September 2011


There was a lot of enthusiasm among the women who attended the Women’s Networking Reception at the recent ISI World Statistics Congress. The reception immediately followed the Conference Theme Day Scientific Sessions on the top floor of the Conference Centre Dublin with an amazing view of the River Liffey and the Dublin City Centre. The icebreaker, as the women entered the reception, encouraged them to mingle and learn informally about the lives of other women statisticians. This was followed by roundtable discussions, with individuals working in the same statistical sector, focused on how the roles of the ISI Committee on Women in Statistics (CWS) can be enhanced to better support women. There were many positive comments from women attending the evening. The event was generously sponsored by Minitab, supported by the ISI, and organized by the Committee on Women in Statistics with particular assistance from the CWS Webmaster, Martha Farrar. Summaries from the discussions will be posted on the Committee website:  www.nass.usda.gov/cws


The Committee also sponsored two scientific sessions at the Congress that, although the themes focused on women, had audiences of mixed genders. The topics of the two sessions were complementary – on women’s role in fighting poverty and the informal sector, and on women in the labour market in the Arab region. Presentations in both sessions were followed by lively discussions. It was particularly special to have women from the Arab region tell about the difficult situations that women have faced in their countries. Thanks go to Denise Silva, a Committee member, and Ola Awad, the country representative from Palestine, who organized the respective sessions.


The leadership of the Committee on Women in Statistics is now passing into the able hands of Penny Bidgood of Kingston University in the U.K. The Committee continues to seek country representatives throughout the world who are willing to further the roles of the Committee by assisting networking in their countries, providing reports of relevance to the Committee from their countries to be posted on the website, and encouraging nominations of women as elected members of the ISI. If you are interested in this role, please contact the ISI CWS member from your region of the world (find this information on the CWS website noted above) or Penny Bidgood at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Cynthia Clark

Former Chair

ISI Committee on Women in Statistics