In the fall of 2020, Women in Standards launched the 2021 Women in Standards Inclusion in Standards survey. For the 2021 survey, Women in Standards aimed to build on our 2020 report1 by continuing to explore diversity in standards with focus on how the COVID-19 pandemic had affected volunteer participation among standards organizations and looking at diversity initiatives that might be underway or being considered by organizations.
The Women in Standards 2021 Inclusion in Standards study author Karin Athanas, and Inclusiveness in Standards committee members extend their thanks to the standards organizations and many standards participants, professionals, and more that contributed to the development of this survey report.
Women in Standards hopes that the information provided will assist standards professionals and contributors in making meaningful change to their programs, approaching potential participants in new ways, and enhancing their programs to better meet the needs of currently underrepresented groups.
“Standardization is – and always has been – not only a mirror of technical and economic change, but also of societal developments. Over the past 100 years, more and more women have taken on responsibility for standardization. With a rate of 50% or more female participants in certain fields of standards development, I sense a positive development taking place. At the same time, I still see a long way ahead of us, especially considering the representation of women in leadership positions.
Diversity is a key element for the development of standards. Standardization has always been about finding collective solutions that lay behind the realms of politics, gender, nationality, and race. Let us reach out to women and encourage them to take their appropriate place in the development of standards, i.e. for shaping the future.” – DDr. Elisabeth Stampfl-Blaha, Managing Director Austrian Standards
“Diversity, equity, and inclusion are important in all fields, including standards processes and organizations” – Katie Gibson, Vice President, Strategy and Partnerships | Vice-présidente, Stratégie et Partenariats, CIO Strategy Council
Women in Standards is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization which works with the standards industry to develop and promote a diverse ecosystem of standards development participants.
Through our outreach and programs, we invite new individuals to the standards community, provide them with support and education to help them grow in their role as standards contributors and professionals, and bring visibility to issues of inclusion and balance in standards development.
Click here to view our 2020 Inclusion in Standards survey report.
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