Get prepared, we have a lot coming in April- the march is just over one month away, and we'll announce some exciting news next week (check your inbox!).
The proposed budget cuts are going to be harmful to everyone. We have two actions this week:
I want to start this post by taking a moment to appreciate our growing network, and to say thank you to all you awesome women and supporters who are behind this success. I know this week is ending on a dark note for American science and that the proposed budget cuts are damn scary. We have strength in each other and we will continue to #resist every day.
What we've done
- New campaign to show the EPA some love #ourEPA
We are preparing for the March for Science, find a local pod to organize with.
Find more ways to contribute to 500WS and work on specific topics - join a Strike Team
500WS iron on patches (for free!!)
We Love Data benefit in Washington state.
What we like
What a week it has been! Indeed the fight continues, but we can also celebrate our successes and one major step has been the continued growth of our network. If you missed it, we published quite a few pieces this week. Some nice reading for the weekend and fuel for battle.
Happy International Women’s Day (tomorrow)! Start the celebration early and link with your pod or find other ways to support women in science.
Science and technology are integral to all aspects of our life — from medicine and the environment to energy and trade. Today, more than ever, breakthroughs in science towards solving society’s biggest challenges are best made by collaborations across national boundaries, by interdisciplinary research, and, foremost, by bringing together diverse scientific minds. Yet, while it is well established that diversity leads to better science, women, people of colour, immigrants, LGBTQIA, and disabled people continue to face ubiquitous and well-known challenges in sciences across the world and across Europe.
Today on #MeetaScientist, our co-founder Jane interviewed one of her closest friends and leader of 500WS, Jessica Metcalf. Jess has been the force behind Take Action Tuesdays, and is thinking about running for office! Get to know this awesome lady a little more:
This week we took things a bit easier. It was nice to slow it down, catch up, and get ready for the next month! Next week we host our inaugural global #500WSpintnight with Pods around the world, have you planned yours? Rest up this weekend ladies, the fight continues!
Let’s closeout February and get ready to take on March! You may not be Ivanka Trump, but you do have influence on people in power.
In our suggested actions this week, we focus on ways to support diversity.
- February is Black History Month and a great oppurtunity to support groups and causes we believe in. We suggest helping groups that support diversity grow in your communities and on Facebook and Twitter (e.g. Vanguard STEM).
Let’s help each other connect with young women interested in science. Find a local science event and volunteer as a speaker or science fair judge. One immediate opportunity is the Expanding Your Horizons conference in Fort Collins April 8 and looking for volunteers. Post similar opportunities near you in the comments section.