Science is foundational in a progressive society, fuels innovation, and touches the lives of every person on this planet.
As we reflect on our journey and on our accomplishments from 2018, we cannot help but be in awe of the incredible network of women scientists and supporters that have come together to serve society by making science open, inclusive, and accessible.
From an open letter to a global grassroots organization, our journey has gone well beyond our initial response to the 2016 US election. What was true in November 2016 still resonates today: scientific institutions must grapple with the long history of inequity, misogyny, racism, and exploitation. We must face that history, learn from it, and fundamentally transform scientific institutions to be truly inclusive and serve the public good.
This year, we continued to lay the foundation for transformation. We created resources like request a woman scientist, eliminating excuses that women with appropriate expertise are nowhere to be found; resources to get out the vote, increasing participation in democracy in our local communities; resources to communicate about our scientific expertise through op-ed campaigns and public events. We got our message out to The Atlantic, Popular Science, Earther, Forbes, Inverse, and more. We also connected with our communities by hosting trivia and film nights, science salons, op-eds in local media outlets, science fairs, and testimonies to local councils. With all our activities, we used our voice to call for science to be better, more inclusive, more welcoming, and more reflective of the true diversity of the humans who do science.
It’s been a little over 2 years since we wrote the words “Science is foundational in a progressive society, fuels innovation, and touches the lives of every person on this planet” and we could not be more proud of what we started or more grateful for the supportive community we are building.
To summarize our work, we have put together a short report of the year. We hope this report provides greater insight into how we’ve spent the past year and what we’re most excited about working on in 2019.