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Gender Equity in the Optics and Photonics Workplace

Findings from the Gender Equity Task Force 

An SPIE Gender Equity Task Force was formed to identify how the professional environment and culture of the optics and photonics community can better enable equal opportunities, rewards, and recognition for its members, independent of gender. 

The Task Force developed questions to help characterize and understand gender equity issues in our community. To maximize exposure and responses, these questions were incorporated into the 2016 and 2017 SPIE Global Salary Surveys.  

These documents summarize the results obtained from the surveys, the intent of which is to inform and initiate real and measurable change in our community: 

From 2017:

From 2016:

Please share this information and join the global conversation @WomenInOptics on Twitter; tell us what you think, what your experience has been, and stay tuned for our future work. 

Additional Resources for Women in the Optics and Photonics Workplace

Watch these videos below and hear women talk about their research and careers in the optics and photonics field.

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Katarina Svanberg

Katarina Svanberg on lasers in oncology


Anita Mahadevan-Jansen

Anita Mahadevan-Jansen on teaching and learning in biophotonics