Friday, June 19, 2015

AASWOMEN Newsletter for Jun 19, 2015

AAS Committee on the Status of Women AAS Committee on the Status of Women
Issue of June 19, 2015
eds: Daryl Haggard, Nicolle Zellner, Meredith Hughes, & Elysse Voyer

This week's issues:

1. Inaugural Inclusive Astronomy Meeting

2. Funding Diversity Efforts

3. Beginnings of the Women's Rights Movement

4. Working Toward Gender Parity in the Geosciences

5. The "Space Girls Space Women" exhibition, website and application

6. How to Submit to the AASWOMEN newsletter

7. How to Subscribe or Unsubscribe to the AASWOMEN newsletter

8. Access to Past Issues


1. Inaugural Inclusive Astronomy Meeting
From: Daryl Haggard [dhaggard_at_amherst.edu]

Inclusive Astronomy 2015 brought many of us together this week at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN. We organized around these broad topical areas

Creating an Inclusive Environment Barriers to Access Establishing a Community of Inclusion Power, Policy, and Leadership

Information and presentations are/will be available via

https://vanderbilt.irisregistration.com/Home/Site?code=InclusiveAstronomy2015

Follow the discussion on Twitter: #IA2015

Everyone, including those who could not attend the meeting, can participate and contribute by commenting on the draft recommendations here

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1zJTm5vqO-O0AZB8KAbaSn_xbt19VQrU-RpxrZvJe584/edit

Stay tuned for reflections and recommendations from Inclusive Astronomy 2015 in the weeks to come.

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2. Funding Diversity Efforts
From: Ed Bertschinger via womeninastronomy.blogspot.com

Last year several major tech companies released data revealing their lack of workplace diversity compared with the general population. This year three of the best-known companies have committed substantial funding to increasing the numbers and success of women and underrepresented minorities in their firms and in the industry as a whole. This is a major experiment worth following by the astronomy community. Not only do the tech companies employ many people who started in astronomy, but those of us in academia can learn from what works in an industry facing similar challenges to our own.

To read more, please see

http://womeninastronomy.blogspot.com/2015/06/funding-diversity-efforts.html

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3. Beginnings of the Women's Rights Movement
From: Neil Gehrels via via womeninastronomy.blogspot.com

The history of the women's rights movement in the US is interesting and I will have a couple of blogs on this topic. You my have heard of the 1848 Seneca Falls Convention which is often listed as the first significant event in the feminist movement in the US. Here is what led up to the meeting and what came to pass there.

I believe there were two key developments in the mid-1800's that led to Seneca Falls, namely the abolitionist movement and steady pressure from the Quakers.

To read more, please see

http://womeninastronomy.blogspot.com/2015/06/beginnings-of-womens-reights-movement.html

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4. Working Toward Gender Parity in the Geosciences
From: Rick Fienberg [rick.fienberg_at_aas.org]

Heard about this from the American Geophysical Union:

Working Toward Gender Parity in the Geosciences

By JoAnna Wendel

Although women receive 40% of the undergraduate degrees in geosciences in the United States, these numbers plummet in postgraduate academic career paths. Why the drop-off? Could it be the lack of mentors for women in the geosciences or perhaps the implicit biases that affect hiring of women?

Mary Anne Holmes, a University of Nebraska professor of practice, geosciences/sedimentology, and women in geosciences, pulled together research in an attempt to address these issues in a new book titled "Women in the Geosciences: Practical, Positive Practices Toward Parity", published 8 June by the American Geophysical Union.

To read more, please see

https://eos.org/agu-news/working-toward-gender-parity-in-the-geosciences

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5. The "Space Girls Space Women" exhibition, website and application
From: RĂ©gis Courtin [regis.courtin_at_obspm.fr]

The news agency Sipa Press and the European Space Agency (and other partners) have teamed up to produce an exhibition/website/application celebrating girls and women taking part in the space adventure around the world.

To learn more, please see

http://www.spacewomen.org

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6. How to Submit to the AASWOMEN newsletter

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7. How to Subscribe or Unsubscribe to the AASWOMEN newsletter

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8. Access to Past Issues

http://www.aas.org/cswa/AASWOMEN.html

Each annual summary includes an index of topics covered.

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