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Stella: A play about
women, their men
and astronomy
by Take the Space
(www.takethespace.co.uk)

The Groundlings Theatre, P...
What are “Nebulae”?

(to Caroline Herschel - probably anything which looked
fuzzy on the sky and might be mistaken for a c...
How Caroline Might
have seen things....
Comets
Star forming regions
Dying stars
Galaxies
Women in Astronomy
in the 21st Century
Royal Astronomical Society
Demographics (2010)
Royal Astronomical Society
Demographics (2010)
At University in1990s
At University in 1980s

At University in 1970s

“A ma...
“It’s Different for Girls”, report 2012

46% of schools sent no girls on
to A-level Physics in 2011

* how children view P...
Stereotypes and
stereotype threat

xkcd.org
Negative stereotypes about girls and women s abilities in math
and science adversely affect their performance in these fie...
Spatial skills are not innate and can be
improved with training.
One of the largest and most
persistent gender gaps in
cog...
1981

2013
Implicit Bias
Most people associate science and math fields
with male and humanities and arts fields with
female.
  Take ...
Bias against Women in Nontraditional Fields
•  Women in male jobs are viewed as less competent than
their male peers.
•  W...
Women in the IAU

Cesarky & Walker, A&G April 2010
The Impact of Children

“The data suggest that senior women in	
  academic	
  astronomy	
  are	
  
much	
  more	
  likely	...
Role Models of Mothers in Science

(Royal Society Publication)
Women in Amateur
Astronomy
(Data much harder to get)
Sky and Telescope Readership Surveys:
Average age: 51
Women: 5%
40% h...
Women in professional
astronomy:
19% of 840 responses
163 women astronomers
RAS2010 Demographics
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Stella - aftershow discussion about nebulae and women in astronomy

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Slides prepared for an aftershow discussion about nebulae and women in astronomy to accompany the performance of STELLA: a play about women, their men, and astronomy (by Take the Space) which happened in Portsmouth, UK on 29th October 2013

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Stella - aftershow discussion about nebulae and women in astronomy

  1. 1. Stella: A play about women, their men and astronomy by Take the Space (www.takethespace.co.uk) The Groundlings Theatre, Portsmouth Tuesday 29th October 2013 Slides prepared for aftershow discussion by Dr. KarenL. Masters Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation University of Portsmouth.
  2. 2. What are “Nebulae”? (to Caroline Herschel - probably anything which looked fuzzy on the sky and might be mistaken for a comet....)
  3. 3. How Caroline Might have seen things....
  4. 4. Comets
  5. 5. Star forming regions
  6. 6. Dying stars
  7. 7. Galaxies
  8. 8. Women in Astronomy in the 21st Century
  9. 9. Royal Astronomical Society Demographics (2010)
  10. 10. Royal Astronomical Society Demographics (2010) At University in1990s At University in 1980s At University in 1970s “A major barrier to change is that only 20% of entrants to A-level Physics are female”
  11. 11. “It’s Different for Girls”, report 2012 46% of schools sent no girls on to A-level Physics in 2011 * how children view Physics. * how teachers and parents support/encourage children to do Physics.
  12. 12. Stereotypes and stereotype threat xkcd.org
  13. 13. Negative stereotypes about girls and women s abilities in math and science adversely affect their performance in these fields. Performance*on*a*Challenging*Math*Test,* * by*Stereotype*Threat*Condi:on*and*Gender * •  Expose girls to successful female role models in math and science. •  Teach students about stereotype threat. Source: Spencer, S. J., Steele, C. M., & Quinn, D. M., 1999, "Stereotype threat and women's math performance," Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 35(1), p. 13.
  14. 14. Spatial skills are not innate and can be improved with training. One of the largest and most persistent gender gaps in cognitive skills is found in the area of mental rotation, where boys consistently outperform girls. Playing with building toys as well as drawing can help children develop spatial skills.
  15. 15. 1981 2013
  16. 16. Implicit Bias Most people associate science and math fields with male and humanities and arts fields with female.   Take a test to learn about your unconscious bias at https://implicit.harvard.edu.   Take steps to address your biases.
  17. 17. Bias against Women in Nontraditional Fields •  Women in male jobs are viewed as less competent than their male peers. •  When women are clearly competent, they are often considered less likable.   Raise awareness about bias against women in STEM fields.   Create clear criteria for success.
  18. 18. Women in the IAU Cesarky & Walker, A&G April 2010
  19. 19. The Impact of Children “The data suggest that senior women in  academic  astronomy  are   much  more  likely  not  to  have  children  than  women  in  the   popula5on  as  a  whole.” RAS2010 Demographic Survey
  20. 20. Role Models of Mothers in Science (Royal Society Publication)
  21. 21. Women in Amateur Astronomy (Data much harder to get) Sky and Telescope Readership Surveys: Average age: 51 Women: 5% 40% have been amateur astronomers for 20+ years...
  22. 22. Women in professional astronomy: 19% of 840 responses 163 women astronomers RAS2010 Demographics

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