WG5: Women in Physics

WG5: Women in Physics

Working Group 5 (WG5), Women in Physics (WiP), was created by the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics in 1999 as a resolution of the Atlanta, Georgia, USA General Assembly to survey the present situation and report to the Council and the Liaison Committees, and to suggest means to improve the situation for women in physics.

Charge to Working Group

  • to survey the situation for women in physics in IUPAP member countries;
  • to analyse and report the data collected along with suggestions on how to improve the situation;
  • to suggest ways that women can become more involved in IUPAP, including the Liaison Committees, the Commissions, the Council, and the General Assemblies;
  • to report all findings at the General Assembly in 2002.

In carrying out the above charge, it may prove useful to organise and convene an international meeting on women in physics. If such a meeting occurs, it should be planned so that a full account can be provided with the report at the General Assembly in 2002.



Chair: Igle Gledhill, South Africa


Youngah Park, South Korea
Manling Sui, China, Beijing
Ndeye Arame Boye Faye, Senegal
Gillian Butcher, UK
Shobhana Narasimhan, India
Renee Horton, USA
Ching Ray Chang, China, Taipei

Associated Member

Jin Hee Yoon, South Korea

IUPAP Liaison

Marcia Barbosa, Brazil


Reports to the General Assembly: 2002, 2005, 2008, 2011, 2014
Reports to the IUPAP Council and Commission Chairs: 2010
Reports from the Working Group meetings: 2000, 2001, 2004


  • 2nd IUPAP International Conference on Women in Physics
    23-25 May 2005, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


Website for Women in Physics.