- This is an informal group of women scientists and graduate
at CfA who meet more or less monthly to discuss topics of mutual
interest. These topics might
include career paths, work-family issues, research
problems, parenting, politics, rewards, salaries,
advisors, mentors, promotions, policies ... etc. - whatever
the group wants to bring up.
- To communicate with this group, email
Current Meetings and Links
Wednesday, April 30, 2014,
Pratt Conference Room 1:30 pm: From Passion to Action
Stephanie Sonnabend, Co-founder and Chair of
2020 Women on Boards, (see http://www.2020wob.com)
will give a seminar discussing a six step process to
create a personal strategic plan to advance your career. Her
bio can be found linked here!
Tuesday, March 11, 2014,
Room B-105 (note change of room) 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm: The CSWA
Demographics Survey: Portrait of a Generation of Women in Astronomy, Meredith Hughes, Assistant Professor of Astronomy, Wesleyan University
Thursday, February 6, 2014,
Pratt Conference Room 12:30 pm: Improving Departmental Climate for
Women and for Everyone Professor Ed Bertschinger,
Chair MIT Department of Physics, Community and Equity Officer
I will describe the new CSWA Climate Site Visit program (with the
hope that CfA will be an early participant), along with some
initiatives we’re undertaking at MIT. One of the most useful
diagnostic tools I’ve found is the Wisconsin Climate Brochure,
which is attached here. –
it would be useful to read it before the
Thursday lunch. I’m happy for any special requests, too –
my perspectives have been broadened through my new role as
Community and Equity Officer for all MIT.
Tuesday, August 13, 2013,
Pratt Conference Room NOON: Unconscious Bias, Sterotype Threat,
and Imposter Syndrome Professor Joan Schmelz,
Chair, AAS Committee on the Status of Women in Astronomy (CSWA)
and Department of Physics, University of Memphis
Women and other underrepresented groups in astronomy can face a
powerful combination of hidden obstacles. With unconscious bias,
men and women both unconsciously devalue the contributions of
women. This can have a detrimental effect on grant proposals,
job applications, and performance reviews. Stereotype threat
is the anxiety women face in a situation where they have the
potential to confirm a negative stereotype about women as a
group. This anxiety alone can result in documented cases of
lower scores on standardized math tests. Highly competent
women may also face impostor syndrome where they find it
impossible to believe in their own competence. They live
with a fear of being discovered. I will discuss these
issues in the context of the AAUW report entitled, Why So Few?
Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.
Joan's presentation (pdf) is linked here!
Tuesday, July 23, 2013,
Pratt Conference Room 12:30 pm: Careers in Astronomy
Come for an informal discussion on
Career stages in astronomy. Astronomers at the CfA
will present brief talks, leaving plenty of time for
questions and discussion.
Career stages, AKA Adjustments
Graduate Student: Courtney Dressing
Post Doc: Esra Bulbul
Career and Family: Ruth Murray-Clay
Long-term: Nancy Brickhouse (Things I Never Expected to
Friday, July 12, 2013,
Pratt Conference Room 12:30 pm: LEAN IN
Come for a discussion of LEAN IN by Sheryl
Sandberg. Copies of the book have been obtained by the
Tuesday, June 11, 2013,
Pratt Conference Room 12:30 pm: WHY WOMEN STILL CAN'T HAVE IT
Professor Alicia Soderberg, Chair of the
CfA Gender Equity Committee will lead a
discussion of the article by Anne Marie Slaughter based
on her experience at the State Department. Her article,
printed in The Atlantic can be found
Programs for 2008-2012 can be found
Programs for 2007-2008 (Semester 1 and 2) can be found here.
Programs for 2006-2007 (Semester 1 and 2) can be found here.
Programs for 2005 can be found here.