To mark the 15th anniversary of its For Women in Science (FWIS) program, L’Oréal USA partnered with the Heising-Simons Foundation to commission a study of its alumni network — scientists who have received fellowship grants since the program’s 2003 launch — for their perspectives on what is needed for women to succeed in STEM.
The resulting study, Staying Power: Women in Science on What it Takes to Succeed, was developed and conducted by the independent research firm RTI International and released today. It offers unique insights into the factors that support productive, resilient careers for women in STEM, as well as the challenges that persist.
The study is part of L’Oréal USA’s efforts to advance the leadership of women in STEM: a cause the beauty leader has been committed to since the 2003 launch of the U.S. FWIS program, which annually awards five exceptional female postdoctoral scientists with grants of $60,000 each. FWIS grants are administered during a critical time in female scientists' careers. Although the number of women in science is increasing, there remains a "leaky pipeline", with significant career drop-offs happening during the years between postdoc and tenure track.
Notably, 100% of the study’s respondents work in paid science-related positions today, making them a unique group from which to learn and gain insights.
“L’Oréal USA is proud to support women in STEM during a pivotal time in their careers,” said Frédéric Rozé, Executive Vice President of L’Oréal Americas. “To see through these study findings that the For Women in Science program may be contributing to the staying power of female scientists throughout their careers is motivating for us as a company to continue this work. We firmly believe that the world needs science, and science needs women, because women in science have the power to change the world."