Our mission is to serve society by making science open, inclusive, and accessible.
500 Women Scientists will be the foremost organization for the transformation of leadership, diversity, and public engagement in science.
We are once again angry and heartbroken at yet another mass shooting, this time in the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. We stand with the brave young students who are standing up to say “Enough!”.
This week on #MeetAScientist, get to know Priya Shukla, an ocean and climate scientist based at UC Davis’ Bodega Marine Laboratory. Priya is also one of the pod coordinators for 500 Women Scientists Bay Area and has gathered a wealth of experience in science communication at an early stage in her career, which you can sample on her Twitter at @priyology.
Another week and another shooting in the US. Thoughts and prayers do little in the wake of such horror. If you want to take action, there are some suggestions in a previous post of ours here, and five direct ways to help. We are grateful for the strong group we have and if you have suggestions for how our community can contribute to the mess of American gun laws, please reach out to us. A big hug to all of you!
“Every day, you are doing something that contributes to the group, but you may not realize it. Every young woman you mentor, every collaboration you develop with another scientist, every time you push against the norms to challenge others to do the same-- you’re doing work for us.” -Janelle, the Ithaca pod coordinator.
Thanks Janelle for the inspiration. Happy weekend friends!
This week we are happy to have St Louise as our pod of the week. They are less than a year old, but have established a great series of activities and events for women in science and their community!
There is a massive gender imbalance in the sciences. In jobs and promotions, in publications, in grants received and in invited presentations, women are unacceptably underrepresented. Gender imbalance is only one axis of underrepresentation, the scientific careers of underrepresented minorities, especially women of color, are more severely harmed by this imbalance. Creating balanced science requires effort, diligence, and acknowledgement when the system is not working. As this week’s action we are preparing to hold individuals, scientific societies, conferences and institutions accountable.
Wow, if January is an indicator, 2018 sure is going to be awesome. We launched Request a Woman Scientist and have received a flood of interest. Plus, over 20 pods joined in the last month. You can look for pod near you (if there isn't one, start one!) and be sure to check out our list of tips to help get your pod organized. Enjoy the weekend!
If we want to go fast we go alone, but if we want to go far (and make a difference) we must go together. This week, we encourage you to unite with women scientists where you live and join us on our mission to serve society by making science open, inclusive, and accessible.
On this week's #MeetAScientist, get to know Beth Bartel, a geoscientist, communicator, and coordinator for 500 Women Scientists' Boulder pod. Beth talks about how she combined her passion for geoscience with her love of language to become Outreach Specialist at UNAVCO supporting earth science around the globe.