AAS Committee on the Status of Women
Issue of September 13, 2013
eds: Michele M. Montgomery, Daryl Haggard, Nick Murphy, & Nicolle Zellner
 
This week's issues:
 
1. Boys need outreach, too
2. Why So Few: High School Foundation I
3. Why the Woman Who 'Has It All' Doesn't Really Exist
4. Pregnant in the lab: how does child-bearing affect a science career?
5. Pioneering 19th-Century Astronomer Maria Mitchell on Education and Women in Science
6. 'Storming Wikipedia' Project Tackles the Site's 'Women Problem'
7. The Trouble With Bright Girls
8. A Conversation with Theoretical Astrophysicist, Rachel Somerville
9. NRAO Community Event at DPS Meeting
10. How to Submit to the AASWomen Newsletter
11. How to Subscribe or Unsubscribe to the AASWomen Newsletter
12. Access to Past Issues of the AASWomen Newsletter
 
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1. Boys need outreach, too
From: Hannah Jang-Condell at womeninastronomy.blogspot.com
 
There was a time I thought that raising a daughter to be a confident, successful
scientist would be the best way to help women in science. It's become more and
more clear to me that it's just as important to raise sons who respect women,
too.
 
Read more at
 
http://womeninastronomy.blogspot.com/2013/09/boys-need-outreach-too.html
 
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2. Why So Few: High School Foundation I
From: Joan Schmelz at womeninastronomy.blogspot.com
 
The 2010 report, entitled 'Why So Few? Women in Science, Technology,
Engineering, and Mathematics', by the American Association of University Women
(AAUW), describes how girls' and women's performance and participation in STEM
fields have changed over time. Women have made tremendous progress in education
and the workplace during the past 50 years, including progress in scientific and
engineering fields.
 
To see data on course credits and course choices, please see
 
http://womeninastronomy.blogspot.com/2013/09/why-so-few-high-school-foundation-i.html
 
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3. Why the Woman Who 'Has It All' Doesn't Really Exist
From: Nicolle Zellner [nzellner_at_albion.edu]
 
Debora Spar, author of Wonder Women and current president of Barnard
College, sends a message to women:  "Stop trying to be so good at everything".
In this Glamour article, Spar makes some interesting observations about
how trying to have it all affects all aspects of women's lives: from adolescence
to marriage to motherhood. And it all starts when girls are young and learning
about society's beauty standards; she calculated that she will spend about five
years of her life just putting on make-up and shaving her legs.
 
To read more, please see
 
http://www.glamour.com/inspired/2013/08/why-women-cant-have-it-all-according-to-
barnard-college-president-debora-l-spar   
 
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4.  Pregnant in the lab: how does child-bearing affect a science career?
From: Nicolle Zellner [nzellner_at_albion.edu]
 
Jenny Rohn, a cell biologist at University College London, writes about her
experiences in the lab - pregnant and trying to do science.
 
To read more, please see
 
http://www.theguardian.com/science/occams-corner/2013/aug/22/1
 
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5.  Pioneering 19th-Century Astronomer Maria Mitchell on Education and Women in Science
From: Nicolle Zellner [nzellner_at_albion.edu]
 
Maria Mitchell: Life, Letters and Journals is freely available and a good read,
too!  For example, Mitchell firmly believed that "the very faculties that suited
women for needlework were also what primed them to be great scientists should
they choose to pursue that."
 
To read more, please see
http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2013/08/22/maria-mitchell-education-women-in-science/
 
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6. 'Storming Wikipedia' Project Tackles the Site's 'Women Problem'
From: Nicolle Zellner [nzellner_at_albion.edu]
 
Efforts continue to better represent at wikipedia.com the contributions of women
in every field, from astronomy to zoology.  To do this, more female editors are
needed.

[Wikipedia.org is a nonprofit. --- Webmaster]
 
To learn more about this project, please see
 
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/08/26/wikipedia-women-storming-female-editors_n_3817138.html
 
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7. The Trouble With Bright Girls
From: Nicolle Zellner [nzellner_at_albion.edu]
 
Heidi Grant Halvorson reports on a study in which boys and girls in the 5th
grade were evaluated on how well they could handle new, difficult, and confusing
material. The study found that by the 5th grade, girls have given up trying to
be smart -- they reason that if they can't figure out something that is foreign
or complex, they will never learn it. The study further reported that girls
retain these beliefs well into adulthood.  The author claims, however, that
skills are malleable and that persistence matters.
 
To read more about the results of this study, please see
 
http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-science-success/201101/the-trouble-bright-girls
 
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8. A Conversation with Theoretical Astrophysicist, Rachel Somerville
From: WIPHYS, September 5, 2013
  
Astrophysicist Rachel Somerville recently received the AAS Dannie Heinemen prize
for Astrophysics, just the third woman is history to be awarded this honor.  She
was recognized for her work in probing the complexities of galaxies in the
Universe.  In this interview, she offers her thoughts on why some areas of
astrophysics are underrepresented by women.
 
To read more, please see
  
http://www.underthemicroscope.com/a-conversation-with-theoretical-astrophysicist-
rachel-somerville/
 
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9. NRAO Community Event at DPS Meeting
From: Areille Moullet [amoullet_at_nrao.edu]
 
Monday October 7th, 12-1:30pm, Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel
 
The National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) invites you to a community day
designed for the planetary science community. In particular, it is for those who
do not regularly utilize radio data in their research.
 
An overview of the NRAS facilities and their instruments will be given, followed
by broader talks that describe the variety of observations possible.
 
For more information, please see
 
https://science.nrao.edu/php/nrao-cd-dps/index.php
 
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