Today, we look to the students from around the world who have walked out of school to demand action on climate. We’re reminded that it’s not enough to draw inspiration from them today if we fail to act on climate tomorrow. 500 Women Scientists reaffirms our commitment to advocate for science-based policies that promote equity and justice—and leave the world a better place for the generations ahead!
Happy International Women’s Day! We are excited to be celebrating by raising a pint with our pods. Tag us on twitter or instagram (@500WomenSci) and let us know how you are celebrating. And as put by Athene Donald, let’s also honor those forced out of science. Thank you to everyone in our network, we are so grateful to you and the important work you do!
Our goal for this week: build someone up, because empowered women empower women. There are many ways to support the women around you: you can mentor; use this trick during meetings; listen to and amplify the voices of women of color; or maybe make a wikipedia page. How do you encourage and build up the women around you?
This week, we showed our gratitude to our amazing and strong women colleagues and supporters for #InternationalDayOfWomenInScience. We also continued to use our collective voice to make sure women’s contributions in STEM and beyond are recognized and valued. In March, we are launching a new campaign to bring more visibility to the journeys of SciMoms and SciParents - please share your story with us! Have a great weekend everyone!
What we’ve done
Help us rebuild our Request a Woman Scientists platform!
How are you celebrating and acknowledging #blackhistorymonth
Our NYC pod participated in the UN International Day of Women and Girls in Science!!!
500 Women in Medicine continues to catch fire!
We spoke at the AAAS annual meeting.
Scientists are fighting against gender bias (including us!)
Diverse teams of scientists do better science (but of course we already knew that!)
What we like
This microbiologist is using science to combat climate change desertification.
We loved Inferior by Angela Saini, and we all need to pre-order Superior today!
This thread from one of our favorite orgs SACNAS.
23 Black Women Scientists Who Changed The Damn World
For #blackhistorymonth, Black Panther is back in theaters! This could be a great pod gathering and another opportunity to see the brilliant scientist, Shuri on the big screen ! How else are you all planning to honor and celebrate #blackhistorymonth? Let us know! Enjoy the weekend, and for those in the polar vortex, stay safe!
Last weekend many from our organization marched - in a women’s march, on #MLK day and for #indigenouspeoplesmarch. We love to see you all out there standing up for social justice and taking steps towards breaking down a system that truly only supports on a few and holds back most. We know alone, marching will not bring change, but it does bring us together, helps build our network, and makes us stronger when we return home to enact the necessary changes - to make science more open, inclusive, and accessible. Thank you everyone for what you do. Enjoy your well earned weekend!
Many of our members and pods will join the Women’s March this Saturday in Washington, DC and around the world. We address the recent controversies and lay out our reasons for marching this Saturday. Marching is the beginning, it is not the end. Every day, we work together to make a better world.
What we’ve done
Reminisce over our attendance at the first women’s march #thisiswhatascientistlookslike
Show thanks to some very important people, our mentors #takeactiontuesday
The unapologetically feminist scientists wave, how they ran and won.
We’re raised 10% of our goal in 1 month! #fellowshipforthefuture
Get a beer with a woman scientist #cheers!
Order a hat or shirt for your women’s march or just because they are cool!
What we like
Learn from the communication style of AOC.
The ultimate women in science reading list: 150 must read titles.
Hollywood's Portrayals of Science and Scientists Are Ridiculous
#StandwithBennet a place for black women’s voices and brilliance to be developed and cultivated
This new program -> Sistering Indigenous and WesternScience (SINEWS)
This is what courage looks like #metooSTEM
Hey friends, how are you doing this week? How is your #selfcare routine? Are you exercising? Making time for your own thoughts? Making time away from your computer to be with your friends and family? Maybe a goal for the weekend? Sunday I have 4 conference calls so on Saturday I am leaving my computer and phone and home and plan to get time outside! I also plan to take a nap, I can’t wait! Big hug and see you next week.
Happy New Year! 2018 was awesome, and honestly we can’t wait to see what 2019 brings. I started my year off by listening to the latest episode of the Nod, on setting your intentions for the year. I love the connotation of ‘intention’ because it allows for and encourages assessment and reflection at the end of the year - more so than ‘goals’ or ‘resolutions.’ What do you think? Do you set intentions? Make resolutions? Or do you have another tradition for starting out a new year?
The year is ending, and while we are ready for a bit of rest over the upcoming week, we really can’t wait for 2019 to start! Like any change making organization, our momentum waxes and wanes, but we trust our work. We are changing the STEM landscape, growing a stronger network, and building resources every day. Thanks for joining us on this journey! Happy Holidays.
We have just finished up a fantastic week in Washington, DC at the AGU conference where we had meet-ups, launches and happy-hours galore. After last week when we launched our Women in Medicine satellite, we are ready for a bit of a holiday break! Sending you all a big hug and good feelings for the last 2 weeks of the year.
Our favorite meeting of the year is coming up next week - AGU! This year we have a fews ways you can meet up with us Scientist Engagement Happy Hour & Story Collider on Thursday. And send us a message on twitter if you have questions while you are there. Hope to see some of you next week and have a great weekend.
Somehow 2 years have passed since we first wrote our pledge, and we couldn’t be more proud of the organization we have built together. In celebration of our anniversary, I included extra links - plus everything just seemed a bit more awesome this week. We can’t wait for our 3rd year together! Happy Weekend friends.
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!
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.