AAS Committee on the Status of Women
Issue of March 9, 2012
eds. Joan Schmelz, Caroline Simpson & Michele Montgomery

This week's issues:

1. Is Affirmative Action Still Worth Discussing?

2. The Matilda Effect in Science: Awards and Prizes in the US, 1990s and 2000s 

3. Increase your options for graduate or REU program admissions 

4. How to Submit to the AASWomen Newsletter

5. How to Subscribe or Unsubscribe to the AASWomen Newsletter

6. Access to Past Issues of the AASWomen Newsletter

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1. Is Affirmative Action Still Worth Discussing?
From: Ed Bertschinger at womeninastronomy.blogspot.com

In this week's women in astronomy blog, Ed Bertschinger discusses the
recent court case involving the use of affirmative action in college
entrance decisions at the University of Texas. Ed writes

"The US Supreme Court will hear the case Fisher v. The University of
Texas this fall in a case testing the limits of affirmative action in
college admissions set by the previous case Grutter v. Bollinger. A
young white woman, Abigail Fisher, was denied admission to the
University of Texas at Austin. She competed with a subgroup of
applicants for whom race could be considered a factor by the university
in its efforts to enroll a diverse student body, and argues that Texas
practiced blatant racial profiling, which is illegal. 

Readers may ask what relevance this has to women in astronomy. Judging
by the experiences of women students at my university, there is a
connection. Women of all races continue to be told, by peers and
sometimes even by faculty members, "you're here because of affirmative
action." These inappropriate comments are not a relic of the past; they
still happen in our workplaces and universities today..."

Read the entire post at

http://womeninastronomy.blogspot.com/

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2. The Matilda Effect in Science: Awards and Prizes in the US, 1990s and 2000s 
From: AAUW STEM retweeted by AAS CSWA on twitter.com

"Contrary to the Mertonian norm of universalism - the expectation
that scientific claims and contributions are evaluated apart from the
personal attributes of scientists - a great deal of evidence
suggests that women's scientific efforts are devalued compared with
those of men (Long and Fox, 1995). While overt discrimination in
American society is declining, women's efforts continue to be
perceived as less important or valuable than those of men. A large body
of social science research finds that work done by women is perceived as
less important or valuable that that done by men (Goldin and Rouse,
2000; Heilman and Haynes, 2005; Wenneras and Wold, 1997). Indeed, in
this journal 19 years ago, Rossiter (1993) identified the "Matilda
Effect", by which women and their scientific contributions are
credited to men or overlooked entirely."  

Full article at

http://raiseproject1.wordpress.com/2012/03/06/the-matilda-effect-in-science-
awards-and-prizes-in-theus-1990s-and-2000s/ 

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3. Increase your options for graduate or REU program admissions 
From: Waves and Packets Mar. 3, 2012
http://www.multibriefs.com/briefs/nsbp/nsbp030312.php

The NSBP GradApps (https://www.mygraduateschoolapplication.org/NSBP/)
and REUApps services (https://www.myinternshipapplication.org/NSBP/) are
open to all students and allow them to upload all the elements of an
admissions application, including academic and work history,
transcripts, letters of recommendation and a personal
statement. Graduate and REU programs can subscribe to these databases to
increase the programs' applicant pool, while at the same time allowing
students to put their credentials in front of more programs than to
which they would otherwise apply.

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6. Access to Past Issues

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