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  • This is an informal group of women scientists, graduate students, and staff at CfA who meet 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 cfawis@cfa

  • FIRST-Fridays, located here!

Current Meetings and Links

  • CANCELLED/Wednesday, April 10, 2019, 3:00 pm, B105, Society of Women in Space Exploration at Boston University

    Alexus Clark, the Founder and President of the Society of Women in Space Exploration at BU will come, along with several members to tell us about their program and activities and to hear about the research carried out by women at CfA.

  • Monday, February 11, 2019, 11:00 am - 2:00 pm, Wolbach Library and Perkin Lobby: International Day of Women and Girls in Science

    The United nations has declared, February 11 as International Day of Women and Girls in Science. Come to the Library where we are hosting a drop-in "open house" style event where CfA researchers, scientists, and staff can contribute to a number of efforts that support and recognize the contributions of women in astronomy. These activities will include:

    Mailing Chandra "Women in STEM" posters to local science classrooms, along with personalized letters from CfA staff

    Creating online profiles for the Science Education Department's national YouthAstroNet project

    Transcribing the notebooks of the Women Computers for Project PHaEDRA

    Record a video of you: a scientist who happens to be a woman!

    Display Glass plates and Harvard Computer artifacts Report.

    And as a bonus, a 'Bake Sale' of amazing things to enjoy!

  • Follow Up! This was a tremendously successful day. The events were a huge success, and the organizers carried these out with grace and extraordinary good humor. And we donated over $1300 to the UN Foundation: Girl Up!

    We applaud Christine Benoit, Katie Frey, Raphaƫlle Haywood, Laura Mayorga, Chani Nava, Jamila Pegues, Lindsay Smith, Elaine Winston and Erika Wright for their generous effort.
    And you can see pictures of the event taken by Jessica Mink here.


  • Friday, December 14, 2018, Pratt Conference Room, 1:30 pm: AAS Demographics: What is the Landscape?

    Nancy Evans, CfA, is a member of the AAS Demographics Committee. The AAS periodically does a survey to elicit member opinions and status on jobs and family life. She will discuss the results from the 2016 survey. Currently a new survey is in progress in preparation for the 2020 Decadal Report.

  • Friday, October 26, 2018, Pratt Conference Room, 12:30 pm: Northeastern's ADVANCE Journey

    Professor Sara Wadia-Fascetti, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Northeastern University directs the NSF-sponsored ADVANCE program. She will discuss what they have done, what they have learned, and helpful procedures to follow in recruiting and retaining women and minority science faculty and staff. In addition, she acts as vice Provost for the PhD Network for doctoral students to build a sense of community among graduate students and offer new opportunities to enhance their educational experience.

  • Wednesday, August 15, 2018, Pratt Conference Room, 12:30 pm: Course Highlights: Sexist Attitudes, Group Identity, Gender Stereotypes and Threats

    Dr. Gerhard Sonnert teaches the course: Women in Contemporary U.S. Science at MIT. He has chosen highlights from his course to discuss with us. Three research papers focussing on these topics can be downloaded here: (1) Interacting with Sexist Men Triggers Social Identity Threat among Female Engineers , (2) Math = Male, Me = Female, Therefore Math ≠ Me , (3) Exposure to Scientific Theories Affects Women's Math Performance

  • Friday, April 13, 2018, Pratt Conference Room, 2:00 pm: A Conversation with Peggy McIntosh,

    Senior Research Scientist and former Associate Director of the Wellesley Center for Women at Wellesley College. She writes and lectures extensively on issues of equity and privilege as they relate to race, class, gender, and sexual orientation. Peggy is a former Co-Director of the National SEED Project (Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity) which is a peer-led professional development program that creates conversational communities to drive personal, organizational, and societal change toward greater equity and diversity.


  • Tuesday, February 9, 2018, Pratt Conference Room, Noon: The Gender Equity Committee at the CfA: Where are we now and where do we go from here?

    A conversation with Mary Dussault of the Science Education Department, SAO who is the recently-appointed chair of the CfA's Gender Equity Committee for an informal discussion of steps the Committee hopes to take over short and medium term to fulfill its charge of monitoring gender equity at the CfA. The wisdom, experience, and input of the CfAWIS group is especially important to the GEC's efforts.


    Tuesday, August 8, 2017, Pratt Conference Room, 12:30 pm: Women in Astronomy IV: the Many Faces of Women Astronomers.

    A conversation with Christine Jones, Jessica Mink, and Belinda Wilkes, discussing the meeting in June in Austin, Texas... the most recent of the Women in Astronomy series.




  • Programs for 2016-7 can be found here.

  • Programs for 2015-6 can be found here.

  • Programs for 2014 can be found here.

  • Programs for 2008-2013 can be found here.

  • 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.

  • Last modified on 10 April 2019.
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