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Activity Number: 71 - Celebrating the 50-Year History of the Caucus for Women in Statistics: Origins, Accomplishments, and Challenges
Type: Invited
Date/Time: Monday, August 9, 2021 : 10:00 AM to 11:50 AM
Sponsor: Caucus for Women in Statistics
Abstract #316924
Title: Bringing Out What Should Be Obvious: Moving Toward Recognition in the 1990s
Author(s): Elizabeth H. Margosches*
Companies: Retired, US Environmental Protection Agency
Keywords: Women's Caucus History; ASA Fellows; CWS Activities; JSM; COPSS Awards

The Caucus became more visible in the 1990s with more highly visible women and its technical sessions and receptions at JSM. The Cox Scholarship Run became a regular feature of JSM Tuesday mornings. Many Scholarship winners have become mainstays of the profession. A Caucus committee worked to bring more women into the ranks of ASA Fellows. Another identified nominees among women statisticians and bring them to the attention of award committees. By dint of member engagement with the COPSS, the first COPSS Elizabeth L. Scott Award was given in 1992. Its recipient, F.N.David, was further recognized posthumously at the close of the decade with an eponymous COPSS award to an exceptional woman statistician. The Caucus sponsored a reception to help first-time attendees navigate the JSM. The balance of women speakers and session chairs and organizers was tabulated and the Caucus encouraged submission of topic contributed sessions to improve the ratio, thereby bringing more women to the fore. The Caucus sponsored round-table breakfast discussions at the JSM and at other statistical meetings (e.g., ENAR). When the year 2000 came, the Caucus had achieved 501(c)(3) status and had a web page.

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