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.
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!
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!
This last week we have been focusing our effort on amplifying the awesome work of our #sistersinSTEM. If you haven’t yet, check out #MeTooSTEM and consider donating to their efforts. At the same time, Science-a-Thon is in full swing; follow the #DayofScience hashtag to see what everyone is up to. Let us know what else you are up to, we love getting your messages! Enjoy the weekend.
What we’ve done
New (amazing) 500WS shirts are available! Get yours today.
Everything you need for the midterms. #500WSVotes
A clothing apparel line for women scientists #meetascientist
October is the best month for a flu shot.
Need ideas for your next pod meeting? #podoftheweek
Communication in art and science.
What we like
I’m really wishing I was at the @SACNAS conference right now, they are having all the fun and celebrating 45 years! This week felt like we had some wins, or at least that progress was being made. I may have got carried away with the links, but there was so much good stuff to share. Find out what you might have missed or just reread the highs of the week. Happy Friday friends.
What we’ve done
Know Your Rights: Legal Literacy Training for Scientists
Show support for indigenous people in STEM
Interconnectedness of justice #meetascientist
Celebrate Ada Lovelace and change the internet.
End the stigma #internationalmentalhealthday
Imagine Science Film Festival (NYC)
The credibility of women and of scientists. #believewomen
What we like
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.
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.
I used to run competitively and pacing yourself is really important. Too fast and you'll suffer later in the race, likely running much slower than your potential. But, too slow is just that - too slow. This week I was thinking about how I pace myself in life, at home, with science and with 500WS. Do I pack my days too full of meetings, emails and conference calls? Do I leave enough time to drink my coffee in the morning, take 'me time' breaks, and have space to breath? How do you find the right pace for your life and career? I'd love to hear from you!
Do you ever do the legs up the wall stretch? Not only does it give relief to your legs and feet, but almost immediately calms your mind and relaxes your body. I was doing that exercise last night and thought, how can I extend this relaxed feeling all the way through the weekend? So that's my plan once I finish work today- put down my computer and focus on cultivating a quiet, relaxed mind. What does your weekend have in store?
A great mindset to apply as we come up on the Fall; many of us are starting up the school year, searching for jobs, and realizing we only have 4 months left in the year! Use this weekend to give yourself credit for what you have accomplished so far this year and what you will accomplish in the future. Hugs to all!
We've been busy this summer writing and planning fall activities. We are especially excited to have our piece on the NAS sexual harassment report published in SciAm. The report came out earlier this summer, but it took some time for us to thoroughly read through and put all our thoughts together (and check our anger). We think everyone should read the report themselves, but we also have put together a succinct summary for you. Alright, now time for a weekend of rest so we can get back at it next week! Cheers friends
We are really excited to be attending the Ecological Society of America annual meeting in New Orleans next week. Not only will we have a chance to catch up with new and old friends, but we have 3 opportunities to make a real difference. Even if you can't make the meeting, check out what we have planned: 1. Path to Being A Strong Ally in Science 2. 500 Women Scientists: How Many Ecologists Does It Take... and 3. Elections Matter! - maybe you can set up a workshop at your next conference? Message us to find out more!
Have a great weekend and keep up the great work. And if you have been taking the summer off like me - then soak up these last days/weeks of rest and know you will kick butt this fall!