An Overview of Global Gender Initiatives for Women in the Nuclear and Radiological

Julia Arapoff - Culmen International Oak Ridge National Laboratory U.S. Department of Energy
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Currently, women make up less than a quarter of nuclear and radiological industry professionals; women are consistently underrepresented in leadership positions in the sector and are a minority in WMD1 and STEM classes. Recognizing this problem in our industry, a growing number of region-specific groups (the Black Sea Women in Nuclear Network2 and WiN Global subgroup Women in Nuclear Southeast Asia3 ), government created initiatives, and various fellowship and grant programs (the IAEA’s Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellowship Programme4 and CFRD Global’s grant program5 ) work to increase female participation and success in this historically male-dominated profession. While these valuable initiatives exist, there is no single, consolidated collection of resources for women in nuclear and radiological fields. This paper will attempt to fill that gap. It will: provide an overview of gender-based initiatives and opportunities, investigate these organizations’ mission and purpose, highlight the lack of gender statistics at all working levels as a barrier for measuring gender parity improvement (site, state, country and international), and propose that these organizations leverage their networks and expertise to enhance gendered data collection in the field.