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The Working on Women in Science (WOWS) program is a purposeful initiative dedicated to furthering women’s involvement and advancement in the scientific field. It was developed by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2007 and has since focused on various issues and solutions regarding women in STEM-related fields, and it is currently led by Dr. Jennifer Arnold and Dr. Abbie-Smith Ryan.

WOWS aspires to break down the barriers that have held back women from participating and progressing within the discipline, and it promotes equal opportunities regardless of gender as well as a healthy, supportive environment for those interested in pursuing scientific careers. Its primary objective is to foster the progression of women in a historically male-dominated field and provide them with more support and opportunities.

The initiative was launched by UNC’s College of Arts and Sciences, and more information on the college can be found here.