Friday, July 3, 2015

AASWOMEN Newsletter for July 03, 2015

AAS Committee on the Status of Women AAS Committee on the Status of Women
Issue of July 03, 2015
eds: Daryl Haggard, Nicolle Zellner, Meredith Hughes, & Elysse Voyer

This week's issues:

1. Why So Few? Unconscious Bias I

2. US Treasury seeks new face for the $10 (or $20?!)

3. 2015 L'Oréal-UNESCO: UK and Ireland Fellows

4. Japanese government releases first female empowerment guidelines

5. Invitation to the GENEVA FORUM

6. How to Submit to the AASWOMEN newsletter

7. How to Subscribe or Unsubscribe to the AASWOMEN newsletter

8. Access to Past Issues


1. Why So Few? Unconscious Bias I
From: Joan Schmelz via womeninastronomy.blogspot.com/

The 2010 report entitled, "Why So Few? Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics", by the American Association of University Women (AAUW), finds that bias, often unconscious, continues to limit women's progress in scientific and engineering fields. Research by Dr. Mahzarin Banaji, a former AAUW fellow, and her colleagues at Harvard University shows that even individuals who consciously reject negative stereotypes about women in science often still believe that science is better suited to men than women at an unconscious level. These unconscious beliefs or implicit biases may be more powerful than explicitly held beliefs and values simply because we are not aware of them.

Dr. Banaji is a co-developer of the implicit association test (IAT) which is basically a test that measures how we associate different concepts to determine attitudes about different groups. For example the gender-science implicit association test measures the degree to which people associate math and arts with male and female.

To read more, please see

http://womeninastronomy.blogspot.com/2015/07/why-so-few-unconscious-bias-i.html

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2. US Treasury seeks new face for the $10 (or $20?!)
From: Daryl Haggard [dhaggard_at_amherst.edu]

[The CSWA has discussed endorsing an astronomer like Henrietta Leavitt or Maria Mitchell, or an activist like Bree Newsome. Already, Harriet Tubman has been ranking high in the national polls. No formal AAS/CSWA endorsement has been made. -Eds]

The New 10 (US Department of the Treasury)

United States currency — and the images of great leaders and landmarks they depict — has long been a way to honor our past and express our values. In 2013, we selected the $10 note for redesign based on a number of factors.

The next generation of currency will revolve around the theme of democracy. The first note, the new $10, will feature a notable woman. In keeping with that theme, it's important that you make your voice heard. Use #TheNew10 to tell us your ideas, symbols, designs or any other feedback that can inform the Secretary as he considers options for the $10 redesign.

To vote in the poll, please visit

https://thenew10.treasury.gov

Here are a few links for your reading/viewing pleasure

http://www.cnbc.com/id/102768142

http://video.cnbc.com/gallery/?video=3000389702

And here's a discussion of why it should be the $20, not the $10

http://www.cnbc.com/id/102781100

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3. 2015 L'Oréal-UNESCO: UK and Ireland Fellows
From: Nicolle Zellner [nzellner_at_albion.edu]

The winners of the five 2015 L'Oréal-UNESCO UK and Ireland Fellowships For Women In Science were announced on 23 June 2015 at an awards ceremony held at the Royal Society in London. This year's selection of fantastic scientists includes astronomer Dr Rita Tojeiro (University of St Andrews) who studies dark energy.

To read more, please see

http://www.unesco.org.uk/2015-uk-and-ireland-fellows

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4. Japanese government releases first female empowerment guidelines
From: Nicolle Zellner [nzellner_at_albion.edu]

by Mizuho Aoki

Japan's first guidelines on female empowerment were released Friday in an effort to get women to play a more active role in a society that customarily treats them less than equal and offers them fewer chances to advance in the workplace.

Acting on Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's recent push for a society where "all women can shine," the guidelines state that the use of "female power" is essential to sustain growth at a time when the population is shrinking and rapidly graying, and call for a legal revision to force companies to prevent the maltreatment of pregnant women or mothers with young children.

They also call for bolstering efforts to increase the number of women in science and engineering, and for rewarding companies that promote a healthy work-life balance with preferential treatment for public contracts.

To read more, please see

http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2015/06/26/national/government-releases-first-female-empowerment-guidelines

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5. Invitation to the GENEVA FORUM
From: Gloria Egbusie EGBUSIE [contact-en_at_osi-ngo.org]

Objectif Sciences International is hereby pleased to invite you to join us at the next GENEVA FORUM organised December 14-18, 2015 at the UN Headquarters in Geneva. We will be glad to welcome and introduce you to our various partners, and also make a global presentation of the outcome of our scientific activities for this year 2015.

Kindly find below the full programme of the Geneva Forum

http://www.osi-genevaforum.org/Full-Programme.html?lang=en

Participation is free, but you will need an entrance badge to take part in this Forum. We can help you in getting this badge if you register before the deadline (see registration form on the webpage provided above).

Last Report Conference on Rights of Nature

http://www.osi-genevaforum.org/Conference-of-December-2014-in-United-Nations.html

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8. Access to Past Issues

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