It’s important for climate—and climate justice—to have its own forum in the new Congress. For Take Action Tuesday, please consider getting organizations of which you’re a part to join Sunrise Movement’s call for a special committee to address the climate crisis.
This month we are celebrating 2 years together and it really does feel like a plan we have been working on for a long time is starting to take shape. Thank you to everyone that has been along for the journey. To those who are just joining, Welcome! We can’t wait to hear your ideas on how to make science more open, inclusive and accessible. Happy Weekend!
Finding the time and means to meet your pod during busy weeks can feel like a burden. But we all know how great a good network or action oriented meeting can be, and that meeting often brings us motivation. The Chicago pod, undeterred by the traffic and chaos of the big city, has figured out a way to keep their pod momentum going, growing to over 145 members online!
This week, we celebrate our 2 year anniversary and our 100th Take Action post!! Our official first Take Action post was on December 8, 2016 and in the 99 subsequent weekly posts, we have called on our members to call their elected representatives, prompted actions to support immigrants, to defend healthcare and funding for science, to fight against discrimination and harassment, and to take action in our communities to push for inclusion and equity.
We were thrilled to see so many women elected this week (116!). With those victories came so many firsts across states and districts- first Native American women, first black women , first muslim women, first LGBTQ, the list goes on. Still, our work does not start or end with one political defeat or victory, and we know that this is only one step. You all, our community, and the women elected this week inspire us to keep working for change. Enjoy the weekend friends.
Today is election day in the United States. Who we elect today will lead our action - or inaction - on climate change, reproductive rights, immigration policy, and countless other consequential societal challenges. We cast our votes knowing that this is both an essential responsibility and a privilege.
This week on #MeetAScientist, get to know Alex Phillips, a graduate student in organic geochemistry at Caltech and the founder of the Instagram account @women.doing.science. The account features women in STEM fields sharing their research stories, as they change the idea of what a scientist looks like. In addition to following their stories on Instagram, you can find them on Facebook and Twitter.
With regard to social justice, October did not go well. We have been busy pushing back, and meanwhile let’s use today - Dia de las Muertos - to mark a new day and refresh our energy. As Dr Zuleyka Zevallos, an applied sociologist highlights in her blog “ ‘The concept of resistance is an important cultural/ political aspect of Día de los Muertos.’” She suggests watching this film to better grasp this holiday based on post-colonialsim and celebrating life. Just 4 more days until we vote in the USA. #GOTV!
Inform Your Vote. Plan Your Vote
We are one week away from election day. Are you ready to vote?
This week on #MeetAScientist get to know Dr. Diana de la Iglesia is a bioinformatician working at the intersection of artificial intelligence and cancer research. She’s also one of the Pod coordinators of 500 Women Scientists Madrid. Along with three fellow women scientists—Ana Isabel Gozález, María de la Fuente, and Carmen Agustín—she co-organized the #oCientificaoMadre ( #ScientistorMother) campaign to raise visibility around the challenges that come with being a scientist and a mother. Here, she talks about her work, the success of the campaign, and her ideas for the Madrid Pod.
Tomorrow the Tucson pod is helping us host our 4th board meeting. Every 6 months we meet with our leadership and advisory board members, assess our progress from the last year and identity plans for the upcoming year. Because almost all our communication happens via conference calls, slack, and emails, this is a special opportunity for the board to meet face to face. These meetings and our progress in the last 2 years would not be possible without the generous donations of our supporters and subscribers, so thank you!
500 Women Scientists stands with the transgender community and demands justice for all transgender people. We firmly oppose the proposed policy to define transgender people out of existence, which is both cruel and unscientific.
This week we get to know the Northern California pod - a group of women who don’t let traffic or distance prevent them from making change across SanFran, Davis and Sacramento.
Take action to protect yourself and your community! October is the best month to get your Flu shot.
This week on #MeetAScientist, get to know Dr. Beau Wangtrakuldee, a medicinal chemist and founder of AmorSui, a clothing apparel line for women scientists. Beau shares how she was inspired to start the line with evidence-based design practices and what drives the work she does today.
This week on #MeetAScientist, get to know Jewel Lipps, a graduate student in ecology and a member of the 500 Women Scientists leadership team. Jewel is currently leading our 500 Women Scientists Vote campaign geared towards getting out the vote leading up to the consequential 2018 midterm elections. In this interview, she shares her thoughts on the intersection of biodiversity and social justice and what keeps her motivated to keep organizing and pushing for change.
I can’t decide about this week.. on the one hand I (probably like many of you) spent a bit of time screaming at the internet about the sexism and misogyny that is deeply rooted in society. On the other hand, women were awarded the noble prize both in physics AND chemistry! If, like me, you aren’t sure where to put your energy, here are some ideas: sign up for the Science-a-Thon, join Black Fridays, or become a 500WS subscriber.
Last week was rough. Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, a research psychologist at the University of Palo Alto in California, bravely gave testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee recounting assault by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and his high school friend Mark Judge. Here are some actions you can take to support Dr. Ford and all survivors of sexual assault.
To everyone who was watching and reading about the senate hearings yesterday, these events can be triggering to many and know that we are with you. Check out our resources and read the NAS report on sexual harassment if you want to understand the depth of the problems and some of the solutions we recommend to transform scientific institutions. Find your support group today, take a break, give yourself a hug, and as always we are here - just send us a message.
Meet the Moab Pod: Our advice to new pods is to make sure all you take on is sustainable and focus on the needs of your community and region -- delegate, pace your projects, check-in with your members, work for each other, and have fun with it. Anyone who is coming through Moab who wants to meet up, reach out! We’d love to meet you!