Yesterday, we celebrated the women of Carnegie—from historical luminaries like Vera Rubin, who confirmed the existence of dark matter, and Nobel Prize-winning geneticist Barbara McClintock; to the amazing staff scientists, postdocs, and technicians who push our discovery science into the future every day; to the administrative and technical support staff who keep this place running; and the executives who guide our institutional priorities.
We asked scientists from all six of our research departments and our administrative headquarters to reflect on issues related to women in science, including equal representation, scientific outreach programs for girls, and STEM teachers inspiring the next generation, as well as to tell us about their scientific heroes and mentors.
They replied with the kind of thoughtful and provocative answers that we would expect from our incredible investigators. Their responses challenged, thrilled, and touched us. We particularly loved the number of people who selected other Carnegie scientists as their heroes, naming both those like McClintock who predated their own time here, but also peers such as Rubin, our President Emerita Maxine Singer, and staff scientist Alycia Weinberger.
We hope you'll enjoy their perspectives as much as we did.
As Carnegie honors #WomensDay , @ZhengYixian, one of our @CarnegiePres, reflects on the need for women's perspectives in #scientific #research and the important role women play in #STEM education #IWD2018 pic.twitter.com/feqnPId0cL— Carnegie Science (@carnegiescience) March 8, 2018
.@CarnegieDevBio neuroscientist Marnie Halpern is very involved with #STEM outreach to girls in #Baltimore. On #WomensDay she is emphasizing the need for girls to see scientists who look like them at work and in their schools. #IWD2018 pic.twitter.com/D4Zn2O17nI— Carnegie Science (@carnegiescience) March 8, 2018
.@CarnegiePlants #root specialist and #SciComm fan @HeikeLindner spells it out on #WomensDay: making science more #inclusive leads to more #creative problem-solving and exciting new arenas of #discovery. #IWD2018 pic.twitter.com/gmgpbK3kbf— Carnegie Science (@carnegiescience) March 9, 2018
"Gender does not determine what career you can pursue--women are just as capable as men," says @CarnegiePlanets' @mmacgreg. "After all, the strong, brilliant #women at Carnegie are some of the best #scientists I know!" #InternationalWomensDay pic.twitter.com/2gpUPwKCbb— Carnegie Science (@carnegiescience) March 9, 2018
This #InternationalWomensDay @CarnegiePlants' Jazz Dickinson highlights @CarnegieDevBio #NobelLaureate Barbara McClintock's wonderful ability to believe in herself regardless of what the crowds said. #InternationalWomensDay pic.twitter.com/vOQPtpnb64— Carnegie Science (@carnegiescience) March 9, 2018
.@CarnegiePlanets' Director Rick Carlson tells us why #VeraRubin, the Carnegie #astronomer who confirmed the existence of #DarkMatter is his #ScienceHero. #WomensDay #InternationalWomensDay pic.twitter.com/AcXOOpl0Zs— Carnegie Science (@carnegiescience) March 9, 2018
.@CarnegiePlanets' @sharonxuesong offers some real talk about how to reach our collective goal of equal representation of women in the #sciences on #InternationalWomensDay #IWD2018 pic.twitter.com/hMwrssYEdC— Carnegie Science (@carnegiescience) March 9, 2018
.@CarnegiePlanets' Hélène Le Mével told us about her #scientific hero Katia Krafft for #WomensDay. Krafft studied the #physics and #geochemistry of volcanic phenomena and was a pioneer in documenting #volcanoes on film. #InternationalWomensDay pic.twitter.com/ZayjLuFVpp— Carnegie Science (@carnegiescience) March 8, 2018
Our @CarnegieDeputy notes that the number of #women in #science is growing closer to 50 percent representation over the generations, but not fast enough! #WomensDay #IWD2018 pic.twitter.com/jUyr7vo9xD— Carnegie Science (@carnegiescience) March 8, 2018
.@CarnegieGeoPhys #isotope #geochemist @AnatShahar talks about the importance of making #girls feel welcome in the #STEM fields at an early age for the goal of achieving equal representation for #WomenInScience. #WomensDay #IWD2018 pic.twitter.com/l7EfH32kTa— Carnegie Science (@carnegiescience) March 8, 2018
#Environmental scientists' desires to characterize and help the world from a #global perspective must never be centered around one identity cautions @CarnegiePlants' Benjamin Jin. Instead, #ecological solutions must reflect the world's diversity. #internationalwomensday #IWD2018 pic.twitter.com/JvEc3HgjEK— Carnegie Science (@carnegiescience) March 9, 2018
.@CarnegiePlanets #astronomer and tireless champion for #WomenInScience Alycia Weinberger paraphrases one of her own #mentors, #physicist Fay Ajzenberg-Selove on the importance of drawing more #women to #STEM fields. #WomensDay #IWD2018 pic.twitter.com/YXDPzy0gK8— Carnegie Science (@carnegiescience) March 8, 2018
.@CarnegiePlants' @clcuevas86 stresses the importance of #womens' contributions to the #sciences--both on a day-to-day basis and throughout history. #InternationalWomensDay #IWD2018 pic.twitter.com/vt71lInZ3u— Carnegie Science (@carnegiescience) March 9, 2018
Top Image Caption: Women scientists, technicians, and support staff at Carnegie's BBR campus, home to our Department of Terrestrial Magnetism and Geophysical Laboratory. Photograph is courtesy of Roberto Molar Candanosa.