AAS Committee on the Status of Women
Issue of August 9, 2013
eds. Michele M. Montgomery, Daryl Haggard, Nick Murphy, & Nicolle Zellner

This week's issues:

1. What Can I Do? Make Women Feel Like They Belong

2. Comebacks for Sexist Remarks in Academia

3. 2 Careers, 2 Kids, 1 Marriage: Part 2

4. For Female Scientists, There's No Good Time to Have Children

5. Wikipedia Edit-a-thon to Inspire Women Scientists

6. Perseid Meteorwatch 2013

7. How to Submit to the AASWomen Newsletter

8. How to Subscribe or Unsubscribe to the AASWomen Newsletter

9. Access to Past Issues of the AASWomen Newsletter

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1. What Can I Do? Make Women Feel Like They Belong
From: Joan Schmelz via womeninastronomy.blogspot.com

[Today's suggestion comes from CSWA alum, Caroline Simpson. Caroline is an
associate professor at Florida International University. She works on star
formation and evolution in dwarf galaxies. She is also a long-time editor of
AASWOMEN, CSWA's weekly e-newsletter.]

One of the ways to help members of underrepresented groups succeed
professionally is to indicate clearly that they are already part of the 'club.'
Subtle things can help with this and are easy to do. Here is an idea regarding
women in astronomy, but it can be extended to any underrepresented group:

Make sure that there are visible images that women are and have been important
contributors to the field, and that your department or workplace recognizes
that.

To read more, please see

http://womeninastronomy.blogspot.com/2013/08/what-can-i-do-make-women-feel-like-they.html

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2. Comebacks for Sexist Remarks in Academia
From: Alessondra Springmann [asteroid_at_alum.mit.edu]

This link came down the pipeline today, offering suggestions of curt responses
to blatantly sexist (or racist) remarks questioning whether someone was admitted
to a program based on gender or race.

http://captainawkward.com/2013/07/28/495-snarky-comebacks-for-sexists-in-academia/

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3. 2 Careers, 2 Kids, 1 Marriage: Part 2
From: Neil Gehrels via womeninastronomy.blogspot.com

Last week I wrote how my wife, Ellen, and I met in the graduate dorm at Caltech,
got married, managed to complete our PhDs in the same month and land a pair of
jobs.  This year, the difficulties (and pleasures!) of simultaneous young kids
and young careers.

After advancing from postdocs to real jobs at UMd (Ellen) and Goddard (Neil), it
was time to have kids.  That sounds easy since people have been doing it since
the beginning of time, but the difficulty was combining it with teaching,
starting research, starting groups, publishing, traveling to conferences, tenure
clock, ….  Plus major rebuilding of a large dilapidated Victorian house we
bought in College Park.

To read more, please see

http://womeninastronomy.blogspot.com/2013/08/2-careers-2-kids-1-marriage-part-2.html

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4. For Female Scientists, There's No Good Time to Have Children
From: Daryl Haggard [dhaggard_at_northwestern.edu]

by Nicholas H. Wolfinger

That's why so many drop out of the field. Here's how to make the system more
fair for women in academia.

American women are leaving academic science, including the social sciences, in
alarming numbers. Many will turn away from science while still in graduate
school. Although women obtain more than half of the baccalaureate degrees in the
sciences, they receive only 46 percent of the doctorates. Others will drop out
of the science pipeline after receiving their Ph.D.s, or when they come up for
tenure.

To read more, please see

http://www.theatlantic.com/sexes/archive/2013/07/for-female-scientists-theres-no-
good-time-to-have-children/278165/

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5. Wikipedia Edit-a-thon to Inspire Women Scientists
From: Daryl Haggard [dhaggard_at_northwestern.edu]

A Wikipedia blitz has been held to boost the profiles of female scientists and
inspire young women today to follow in their footsteps.

Prof Athene Donald, professor of experimental physics at Cambridge University,
gave a talk at the edit-a-thon, which saw an army of new and seasoned Wikipedia
editors improve articles about female scientists.

To read more, please see

http://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/Education/Universities/Wikipedia-edit-a-thon-to-
inspire-women-scientists-20130730060000.htm

and the event's official website

http://www.centenary.mrc.ac.uk/events/mrcroyal-societywikimedia-uk-women-in-
science-wikipedia-edit-a-thons/

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6. Perseid Meteorwatch 2013
From: Amy Rose via Facebook.com

[There's nothing like backyard astronomy to inspire young people (and old!)
about STEM. If you're not camping this weekend, don't have a backyard, or are
swamped by city lights, here's another way to enjoy the Perseids. -Eds]

The Perseid Meteorwatch 2013 starts on Saturday the 10th and runs each evening
until Monday the 12th of August 2013. @VirtualAstro with the help of many more
people, will be holding a Twitter #Meteorwatch for the Perseid Meteor Shower.

Everyone is welcome to join in, whether they are an astronomer, have a slight
interest in the night sky or have a passing interest and just wonder?

To learn more, visit

http://www.meteorwatch.org/

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