We are launching the Fellowship for the Future to recognize and amplify the important contributions of women of color in STEM. This fellowship will provide awardees with leadership training, a stipend, and additional resources to complete their projects that help make the STEM community more inclusive and equitable.
Happy Holidays friends. This year we are really excited to share our holiday gift guide for current and future women scientists! We have something for everyone: gifts that give, gifts for your home, to read & to wear, and gifts for the future women scientists in your life. Honestly, these gifts aren’t just for the holidays, they’d be great for birthdays, graduations and just to say ‘thanks, for being a role model’. Enjoy and let us know what you think!
Today, the US celebrates #GivingTuesday to kick off the holiday season with a day of charitable giving to organizations doing work worth supporting. Since 500 Women Scientists launched two years ago, we’ve worked to serve society by making science open, inclusive, and accessible. We’ve run campaigns to change the face of what a scientist looks like, to stand up for evidence-based policies, to speak out against hate and bigotry, and to increase participation in democracy.
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 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.
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.
Yesterday was #indigenouspeoplesday. Toady we ask you to take action and show your support for indigenous people in STEM:
Use this online map or application to find the indigenous land and language of where you are. Acknowledge the indigenous land and people at the beginning of meetings or during your science talks (for example, you can add a slide of acknowledgement at the end).
Indigenous and looking for a group of folks who can support you? Check your University for a local chapter or indigenous student groups!
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.
This year, 500 Women Scientists is partnering with Science-A-Thon (October 15-19th)—a week-long, international, social media campaign to change how science and scientists are seen in the public sphere. Ever wonder what a seismologist does? Or what the day looks like for a TV meteorologist? All week, scientists—from academia to industry—will be posting pictures on social media of the work they do and raising funds to support women across the globe in the Earth Sciences.
The U.S. General Election is November 6th, 2018. Last week was the last primary* election in the United States, which means we are now well into the general election season. When I voted in my state’s primary election, I was reminded that registration deadlines for voting in the general election are coming up too! Today’s action is focused on advocating for your community through the political and social tools available to you.
It’s back to school week, which brings on a range of emotions — from excitement at new beginnings to anxiety brought on by the unfamiliar. So this week, we’re asking you to take time to check in with yourself amidst all the tumult that comes with this season. We can’t change the world if we don’t take care of ourselves first.