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.
Hi Friends. We have been together just a year, but it somehow feels like many years. Partly because this year was a bit rough, but mostly because our community has been so open and welcoming. We have big plans for 2018, and we want you all involved. Make sure you 1. Sign up for our monthly Newsletter, 2. Join or start a pod, and 3. Stay up to date by regularly checking our website, twitter and facebook. Enjoy the weekend!
This week, I am at the Women’s Global Leadership Forum at U.Va and have been reminded of and inspired by amazing women outside STEM working to improve the rights of women and girls around the world. It has been another reminder that for all the work there is to do, we have many allies in our journey and many places to look for inspiration. Speaking of work to do, here are some specific actions for the week, one inward facing and one outward facing:
This week on #MeetAScientist, get to know Dr. Alicia Pérez-Porro, a marine biologist and explorer. Alicia is a member of the 500 Women Scientists NYC pod, and led the effort to put together a recent op-ed for Scientific American on solutions to stop the leaky pipeline. We're thrilled to count her voice among our membership and excited to share her story with you all!
On November 4-5, we held our second board meeting in Washington DC and celebrated one year of 500 Women Scientists. The goal of our meeting was to identify how to actualize our mission in 2018, ensure all aspects of our organization are inclusive, and better organize ourselves to be sustainable through many more years. This will require input from all of us- leaders, advisors, pods and members. So if you want to take action, form a pod, if you have a pod, go to a meeting, and if you want more contact us!
One year ago, 500 women scientists (and many more) signed a pledge to declare our support science and all minorities, immigrants, people with disabilities, and LGBTQIA. That pledge grew into a mission to make science open, inclusive, and accessible. As an organization, 500 Women Scientists is committed to providing opportunities for leadership and an inclusive space for all voices and points of view. So as we celebrate our 1 year anniversary, we invite you to meet some of our organization's leadership team and learn what inspired them to join the cause. We always welcome new ideas, voices, and energy, so please get in touch if you feel similarly inspired to step up and help lead our growing organization.
In the face of tragedy, let us not lose hope, and let us never ever stop fighting for what is right and just. We are angry and heartbroken at the terrible shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas -- the loss of so many lives including young children with so much hope and potential ahead of them. Today we take action.
Happy November friends. We are so excited to reclaim the month with you. And we start with our 1 year celebration this weekend! Gather together with your pods and celebrate 1 year of 500 WOmen Scientists. If you happen to be in DC, please join us!
Sitting against a backdrop of the majestic Rocky Mountains in Montana, the Bozeman pod is a young and highly motivated group of women that have adopted a mission of diversity and inclusion. While their pod members represent a spectrum of political ideologies, all agree on the importance of protecting the environment and influencing local policy.
We look forward to the month of November and celebrating the one-year anniversary of our organization. This week, we continue to listen to and support our colleagues who are affected by recent natural disasters, and we suggest an action to protect women’s health.