A Call For More Women In Science

More than 6,000 scientists, engineers and other experts are urging Congress to increase opportunities for women to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

A letter to be presented to Sens. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and George Allen, R-Va., says Congress should work to break down barriers that make it harder for women to fully participate in mathematics, engineering and other hard-sciences.

"Increasing the ranks of our nation's math and science experts is key to technological leadership in the world and to national security here at home," said Carol Muller, president and founder of MentorNet, an advocacy group that helps women enter science and engineering fields.

The letter was to be presented Wednesday. A copy was obtained by The Associated Press.

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