Weekly Wrap-Up

This weekend, 500 Women Scientists around the world will march for science. We see no conflict in simultaneously marching for science and advocating for women, for marginalized groups, and for equality. Read more about our stance on the March for Science in our latest Medium post. Then catch up on what else we've accomplished this week!

What we've done

  • In preparation for the March for Science, we have posters, coloring books, and even snapchat directions - catch up on our MFS resource page

  • Pods (and some girl scouts) around the world have been making their March signs, share yours with us!

  • On Monday, we met Dr. Rana Dajani, she is an amazing leader and we are proud to have her as part of team! 

  • If you haven't yet, please donate to our joint fundraiser with the Cairn Project, support girls in science and the outdoors. 

  • 500WS in the Huffington Post

What we like

Pod of the Week: NOLA

Pod of the Week: NOLA

We first met Claire Borges back in January, when she reached out to 500WS asking how she could be more involved. Since then she has become an active member of our organization, is leading the young scientist strike team and has helped set up a Pod in New Orleans. Now, the NOLA pod is up and running and taking action of their own. Find out what they are up to and if you are Marching in New Orleans this weekend, look for Claire giving a speech. Thanks NOLA for the interview!

Science, education, and women in the Arab World... and beyond

Science, education, and women in the Arab World... and beyond

Dr. Rana Dajani is a higher education reform expert and a member of the UN Women Jordan advisory council.  She frequently writes in the journal Nature about science, education and women in the Arab World and in 2014, she received a PEER award to establish a network for women mentors. Today on #meetascientist, we got to talk to Rana about the amazing programs she is working on. 

Science, an Evolving Passion

Science, an Evolving Passion

Today on #meetascientist I am so happy to introduce Samantha Weintraub. Sam is one of those enviable scientists who has been able to conduct some of her research in the tropics, and later in the mountains of Utah (on skies!). Today Sm talks about how to embrace the evolution of your research, how to draw on your surroundings for inspiration, and the importance of strong women for science...

Pod of the Week Philly

Pod of the Week Philly

This week we are excited to introduce the Philadelphia 500WS Pod. Led by Tanya and Lexi, their pod is laying the ground work for a  strong support group, and have started to organize events focused on promoting STEM education. They also will be using the March for Science to grow their already large network. Read on to learn about the Philly Pod! 

Weekly Wrap-Up

Weekly Wrap-Up

Much of our energy over the last few months has gone to resisting. At the same time, we want to make sure we continue to empower women and girls in science. Pods are meeting across the world, and we are so excited to help bring so many women together across disciplines and career stages. Explore our newly revamped website to see what we are up to. We are also starting the application process for 501c3 status to be able to grow and support our network! And we have a few more big announcements: 

Pod of the Week Alaska

Pod of the Week Alaska

It is so wonderful to get to know our many pods! Each one has a different focus. While the DC group we heard from last week is focused on activism, the Alaska pod we talk to day is thinking about how to grow their network of women scientists in their state, and how to reach out to young girls. They also have great suggestions if you are starting your own pod. Thanks Alaska, can't wait to see what else comes from your group! 

Take Action Tuesday

To close out International Women’s Month, we dedicate this week’s actions to our young, aspiring scientists. Let’s support and inspire the next generation.

1) Have you scheduled time to visit a k-12 classroom or summer camp this year?  Now is the time! We want to hear about your outreach activities, post below!
There are many wonderful programs supporting young women in science. Here are a few that you may want to reach out to for volunteer opportunities.

2) We would also like to build a resource page for young women - help us find more and add them to the comments section!