Friday, May 19, 2017

AASWomen Newsletter for May 19, 2017

AAS Committee on the Status of Women
Issue of May 19, 2017
eds: Nicolle Zellner, Heather Flewelling, Christina Thomas, and Maria Patterson

This week's issues:

1. Women in Leadership: It’s Not Just About Confidence    
2. Astronomers Elected to National Academy of Sciences
3. Childcare Opportunity at MetSoc
4. Caltech Students Protest Return of Professor From Suspension
5. Five Ways to Move Beyond the March: A Guide for Scientists Seeking Strong, Inclusive Science
6. We Recorded VCs’ Conversations and Analyzed How Differently They Talk About Female Entrepreneurs
7. How to Submit to the AASWomen Newsletter
8. How to Subscribe or Unsubscribe to the AASWomen Newsletter
9. Access to Past Issues of the AASWomen Newsletter



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1. Women in Leadership: It’s Not Just About Confidence
From: Joan Schmelz via womeninastronomy.blogspot.com

In her 2014 eye-opening article for the Harvard Business Review, author Tara Sophia Mohr discussed Why Women Don’t Apply for Jobs Unless They’re 100% Qualified:

“You’ve probably heard the following statistic: Men apply for a job when they meet only 60% of the qualifications, but women apply only if they meet 100% of them. The finding comes from a Hewlett Packard internal report, and has been quoted in Lean In, The Confidence Code, and dozens of articles…”

Although it is certainly true that many of us could use an extra dose of confidence, if we listened only to the advice from the Lean In/Confidence Code bull horn, we would be doing ourselves a great disservice. …. The bottom line is that there is more to it than just confidence (internal), and this missing societal component (external) is fundamentally important.

Read more at


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2. Astronomers Elected to National Academy of Sciences
From: Nicolle Zellner [nzellner_at_albion.edu]

Congratulations to the following women astronomers for their election into the National Academy of Sciences: Judith Cohen, the Kate Van Nuys Page Professor of Astronomy at the California Institute of Technology; Gabriela Gonz├ílez, spokesperson for the LIGO Scientific Collaboration and professor at Louisiana State University; and Nergis Mavalvala, the Curtis and Kathleen Marble Professor of Astrophysics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Congratulations also to CSWA member Dave Charbonneau, professor of astronomy at Harvard University.

Read the complete list of astronomers at


and the complete list of new inductees at


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3. Childcare Opportunity at MetSoc
From: Kelsi Singer via womeninplanetaryscience.wordpress.com

If you are interested in taking advantage of a childcare opportunity during the week of the 2017 Meteoritical Society meeting in Santa Fe, please send an email to Karen Ziegler at kziegler_at_unm.edu.

Read more at


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4. Caltech Students Protest Return of Professor From Suspension
From: Heather Flewelling [heather_at_ifa.hawaii.edu]

"Christian Ott, a professor of theoretical astrophysics, had returned to the campus to observe a student’s thesis defense. The news website reports that dozens of students sat in silence in the astronomy department, and one carried a sign that declared, “To support a safe working and living environment for all members of the Caltech community. We support you. You are not alone.” "

Read more at


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5. Five Ways to Move Beyond the March: A Guide for Scientists Seeking Strong, Inclusive Science
From: Nicolle Zellner [nzellner_at_albion.edu]

In a group opinion piece, six members of the Union of Concerned Scientists offer suggestions for how we, as scientists, can go beyond “recognizing the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion in science…”

Read more at


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6. We Recorded VCs’ Conversations and Analyzed How Differently They Talk About Female Entrepreneurs
From: Kelly Lockhart [kel_at_ifa.hawaii.edu]

"These personas highlight a few key differences in how the entrepreneurs were perceived depending on their gender. Men were characterized as having entrepreneurial potential, while the entrepreneurial potential for women was diminished. Many of the young men and women were described as being young, though youth for men was viewed as promising, while young women were considered inexperienced. Men were praised for being viewed as aggressive or arrogant, while women’s experience and excitement were tempered by discussions of their emotional shortcomings. Similarly, cautiousness was viewed very differently depending on the gender of the entrepreneur.

Unsurprisingly, these stereotypes seem to have played a role in who got funding and who didn’t."

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9. Access to Past Issues


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