Numerous studies have illustrated that women are just has biased against female STEM students as men. Here is a nice infographic that summarizes how this bias is perpetuated through letters of recommendation. If you are asking a professor for a letter of recommendation — remember s/he often has many of these to write. Providing us a list of your accomplishments – as related to the position you are applying to – is super helpful.
Fifty three first and second year undergraduate women from five different schools in Colorado and Wyoming spent the weekend in Estes Park learning about their own strengths, career paths in earth and environmental sciences, meeting mentors, and forming a peer network that will hopefully support them through their undergraduate years.