We are all still riding high from last week’s board meeting in Seattle. Our time together was filled with optimism, growth and communication, but we also felt the weight of the important work ahead. We are really excited for our summer projects - fundraising for #FellowshipfortheFuture, rebuilding the Request platform, and developing more resources for our pods. If you have ideas and just want to get involved, let us know! Happy Weekend.
Friends, we are hosting our 5th leadership meeting this weekend! We are so proud to still be working hard to change the institutions of science to be more open, inclusive and accessible. We have a great team in Seattle this weekend, and are excited to share with you the outcomes of the meeting. Enjoy your weekend!
Its finally spring in our home base of Boulder CO and we can’t help but feel optimistic, despite all the craziness happening across the world. The abortion bans in the US and the election in India are just a few of the reasons we have to fight harder and smarter, resist the slide into nationalism and chaos. We are rolling up our sleeves and getting back to it!
What we’ve done
Evidence, not ideology, should inform healthcare decisions. #TAT
Are you in Berlin? Join I, Scientist organized in part by our Berlin Pod.
Starting new pods every week! Join up or start your own!
Follow the new blog by our San Francisco Pod
What we like
Will you join the global climate crisis strike?
Why race science is on the rise again? By one of our favorite authors.
Owning Our Narrative: A Call to Build Community
The efforts to ban access to abortion affects all people who can get pregnant. Remember: not all women can get pregnant and not all people who get pregnant are women. Attempts to limit access to legal and safe abortion are in violation of human rights and force illegal abortions, which threaten lives and health. It is important to know that today, abortion is not illegal in any U.S. state. But the lawmakers in Alabama, Georgia, Ohio and more U.S. are trying hard to change that, starting in individual states, but threatening to overturn Roe vs. Wade.
The weekly-wrap is a time to reflect on our successes but we don’t want to ignore the challenges and set-backs. In Georgia, women’s rights are being challenged. In Colorado, there was another school shooting. We reject the idea that we have to continue to repeat history, but we see our work is not close to being finished. Thank you to every one of you who is putting the work in day after day to enact real change to our society. You are appreciated.
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.