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One reason why it is especially important for women and minorities to form their own networks in science is that having a network gives them a place to reject outdated ideas of what a successful culture of science entails. Additionally, the flexibility and informality of network-based mentoring allows for women to engage in mentoring in a way that best fits their personal needs.

“ESWN gives me confidence in my abilities because I hear of others like me that are succeeding despite problems similar to mine. It provides a community and I feel I can address issues openly to get and give advice.”  -Earth Science Women’s Network (ESWN) member-

Peer Networks for Women in STEM
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Participants at the 2006 AMS Summer Policy Colloquium
Peer Networks by Discipline
Dr. Jane Lubchenco press conference - 2011 AGU conference.
Dr. Jane Lubchenco  – 2011 AGU conference.