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For Immediate Release

Natasha Pinol

Telephone: 202-326-7088

Email: npinol@aaas.org

Washington, DC – February 26, 2009

Science, the L'Oreal Corporate Foundation and UNESCO announce the publication of "Young Women in Science: Forging New Pathways" a booklet for young women in science.

Science, the L'Oreal Corporate Foundation and UNESCO announced today the release of "Young Women in Science: Forging New Pathways" their second booklet targeted to young women interested in science.

Created to attract a greater number of female students to careers in the sciences, the booklet is a joint project between all three organizations, and features profiles of 17 women scientists who are also recipients of a L'Oreal-UNESCO Fellowship. International in scope, the guide highlights the careers of women scientists from countries including Romania, Pakistan, Iran, Argentina and Jamaica.

According to L'Oreal Executive Vice President Beatrice Dautresme, the Young Women in Science booklet is an effort to steer young women towards science careers by highlighting success stories they can emulate. "By exposing young girls to the real-world examples of scientific careers, the booklet contributes to the creation of positive role models," said Dautresme. "These role models are indispensable to attracting new generations to careers in science."

Beth Rosner, Publisher of Science, agreed, "We are very excited to partner with the L'Oreal Foundation and UNESCO on this project. AAAS shares their commitment to increasing the number of women at all levels of science and believes that distributing tools like this booklet is an important part of efforts to fill the talent pipeline with dynamic and intelligent women."

The booklet is available for download online at Science's careers website ScienceCareers.org: http://www.sciencecareers.org/lorealwis.

Physical copies of the booklet will be distributed at science-oriented trade shows worldwide.

To order reprints of the booklet please contact Allison Pritchard by e-mailing apritcha@aaas.org.

About the L'Oreal Corporate Foundation

Created in 2007, the L'Oréal Corporate Foundation is committed to the pursuit of a better world. The projects of the Foundation, linked to the values and expertise of the L'Oréal Group, reinforce and guarantee the long-term goals of the group's engagement to serve the public interest. Accompanied by partners respected in their fields, the Foundation pursues major international initiatives, such as the programme For Women in Science as well as many other actions, in a spirit of openness and compassion.

About UNESCO

Since its creation in 1945, UNESCO has promoted science – the "S" in its acronym – for peace. Today, UNESCO strives to reinforce international cooperation in the basic sciences among its 193 Member States and promotes ethical norms in science. The Organisation is dedicated to eliminating all forms of discrimination and promoting equality between men and women. As well as developing educational programmes in science particularly designed for girls, UNESCO has established a network of academic chairs creating links between women in science around the world.

About Science

Founded in 1880 by Thomas Edison and published by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), Science ranks as the world's largest general science journal. Each week, Science provides more than 131,000 global subscribers with peer-reviewed original research, scientific research articles, science and research news, and more. Science also publishes a careers website, ScienceCareers.org, offering free career development resources including articles, expert advice, job opportunities and more.

About AAAS

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) is the world's largest general scientific society, and publisher of the journal, Science (www.sciencemag.org). AAAS was founded in 1848, and includes some 262 affiliated societies and academies of science, serving 10 million individuals. The nonprofit AAAS (www.aaas.org) is open to all and fulfills its mission to "advance science and serve society" through initiatives in science policy, international programs, science education, and more. For the latest research news, log onto EurekAlert! at www.eurekalert.org, the premier science news web site, a service of AAAS.

Contact

Natasha Pinol, Communications Officer, AAAS, 202-326-7088 or npinol@aaas.org