Join the "500 Women Scientists Vote" 2018 initiative

Since the founding of our organization in the aftermath of the 2016 U.S. presidential election, local pods across the nation have joined marches,  written op-eds and met with decision-makers to advocate for socially just policies and evidence-based decision-making. We've seen both science and the communities science is supposed to benefit (including already marginalized communities) threatened by federal policies, and we’ve insisted that we are never just scientists. Now, as we approach the US midterm elections, we are mobilizing our network. We are asking our pods to:

  • Engage with their candidates and ask critical questions about science and justice-related issues

  • Register and mobilize voters to increase STEM student turnout and ensure that in the coming Congress, we have more leaders and representatives who value science and who are committed to creating equity and justice

We will take action around the country in the months leading up to the US election day in November. Check this page for an updated list of 500 Women Scientists initiatives.

July

Webinar: Elections Matter! The 101 for how you can get involved and make an impact

500 Women Scientists kicked off our webinar series around our Elections Matter campaign laying out the fundamentals of how we all can get involved and make a difference leading up to the 2018 Midterm Elections in the United States. Our panel featured volcanologist Jess Phoenix, one of several scientists who stepped up to run for Congress this year, Virginia Delegate Hala Ayala, Science Debate Executive Director Sheril Kirshenbaum, and Melissa Varga of Union of Concerned Scientists. The webinar was hosted by the 500 Women Scientists DC pod and was recorded on July 12, 2018.

 

August - October

500WS Votes!

Join our program to register students to vote. This may include canvassing students to register through other non-partisan campaigns, and canvassing at scientific meetings and places that are often neglected. As educators and science communicators, we have so many opportunities to reach young people and help them make their voices heard. Only 43.4% of undergraduate STEM majors vote, a rate that’s behind our peers in education and health.

Anytime

Will your pod host or participate in a town hall, candidate forum, or take on another nonpartisan initiative that we should highlight? Let us know about it here.

We want to see women scientists engaging in the democratic process and leading discussions about policies that impact their communities. Here are resources to help our 500 Women Scientists members and pods get involved during the 2018 election season.

  • The 500 Women Scientists Washington DC pod is hosting webinars about ways for 500 Women Scientists, as individuals or as pods, to get involved. RSVP for the first webinar on July 12, 2018. A follow-up webinar for U.S. pods to discuss 500WS Votes programming will be scheduled following the July 12th webinar.

  • Candidate surveys are a non-partisan way to get your candidates' positions on issues that matter to you. Science Debate provides a science policy questionnaire, but grassroots groups and constituents (like 500WS pods!) are essential voices that get candidates to respond. When candidates provide their responses, pods can publish them as part of voter education and mobilization efforts.

  • Several organizations are conducting non-partisan voter registration and mobilization drives around the country

    • The March for Our Lives is conducting a massive youth voter mobilization drive in partnership with the following organizations:

    • The League of Women Voters has more than 700 chapters around the country that work on registering and mobilizing voters.

    • The Union of Concerned Scientists and Science Rising provide resources to help you stand up for science in the 2018 elections, including how to organize an impactful event.

  • Since we are a 501(c)3 organization, we are obligated to stay nonpartisan. But that doesn't mean we can't advocate for policies that support our values. Bolder Advocacy has put together a useful checklist for what we can and cannot do as a nonprofit to serve as a guide.

The DC pod is a community of women scientists and science allies. Their mission is to promote a diverse and inclusive scientific community that brings progressive science-based solutions to local and global challenges. Members of the DC pod value and stand up for underrepresented groups in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), evidence-based decision making, and scientists' civic engagement. Together, they work to advance the mission and values of 500 Women Scientists. They also learn from and support each other and have fun along the way!

Connect with the 500 Women Scientists DC pod on:

  • Facebook

  • Twitter: @500wsDC

  • Email the DC Pod Leaders if you have any questions, ideas, or specific interests: 500womenscientistsDC [at] gmail.com