Friday, July 13, 2018

AASWomen Newsletter for July 13, 2018

AAS Committee on the Status of Women
Issue of July 13, 2018
eds: Nicolle Zellner, Heather Flewelling, Cristina Thomas, Maria Patterson, and JoEllen McBride

This week's issues:

1. Applications Open for AAS-EPD Mini-Grants
2. Meeting: Multi-Dimensional Characterization of Distant Worlds
3. Why women need mid-career mentors 
4. Institute Archives spotlights pioneering women at MIT
5. Why Science Breeds a Culture of Sexism 
6. Podcasting Is About to Become a Lot Less White and Male
7. 5 Inspiring Young Women Who are Leading the Way in STEM 
8. How to Submit to the AASWomen Newsletter
9. How to Subscribe or Unsubscribe to the AASWomen Newsletter
10. Access to Past Issues of the AASWomen Newsletter

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Cross-post: Summary of the 2018 LPSC WiPS Event "Overcoming Impostor Syndrome"

The Women in Planetary Science blog recently posted a summary of the discussion from their 2018 Lunar and Planetary Science Conference event. The post includes stories and a summary of strategies for combating impostor syndrome. 

Read more at:

The Women in Planetary Science blog has a number of announcements and stories relevant to the Women in Astronomy community. If you're not already a reader of the blog, we encourage you to take a look!

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Cross-Post: 35 Years Since Sally Rode ...

The US Postal Service recently
issued a Sally Ride "forever stamp".
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June 18, 2018 marked 35 years since Sally Ride's historic flight into space. 

I was a young girl at the time of Sally's flight, and I don't recall much of the hype surrounding the launch. However, looking back and seeing how she and her five female astronaut classmates (and 29 male classmates) changed - in fact, equalized and enabled - spaceflight probably had some effect on my career trajectory. I do know that by working on the ultraviolet telescope mission, STS-67, and meeting Tammy Jernigan (astronomer) and Wendy Lawrence (pilot), two astronauts who flew on that mission, my plans to do research in space science were solidified. 

and/or tell us how these female astronauts influenced your career in the comments below.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Cross-post: Where Women Must Defy the Odds to Become Scientists

In a new documentary, National Geographic Explorers Clare Fieseler and Gabby Salazar focus on stories of women with careers in science who face intense cultural and social barriers. The film, Outnumbered in Africa, focuses on Moreangels Mbizah, a lion conservationalist in Zimbabwe.

Read the interview with Fieseler and Salazar at: