Articles


 

Lay Science - Of women, science and stilettos

http://layscience.net/node/883

 

Nature News - Self-doubt plagues female astronomers

http://www.nature.com/naturejobs/2010/100128/full/nj7280-574a.html

Other

 

A comprehensive bibliography of women in astronomy, past and present, from Science Reference Services, Library of Congress.

 

BBC Women's Hour: Hypatia of Alexandria

http://www.aas.org/cswa/ Committee on Status of Women in Astronomy (American Astronomical Society)

http://www.astrosociety.org/education/resources/womenast_bib.html Astronomical Society of the Pacific resource

 

For youngsters:

www.iwaswondering.org Women's Adventures in Science

Books and Education


Girls in Science: A Framework for Action by Elizabeth S Chatman, Katherine Nielsen, Erin Strauss and Kimberly Tanner. Available from the National Science Teachers Association.

 

Under the Radar: The First Women in Radio Astronomy: Ruby Payne-Scott by W. M. Goss and Richard X. McGee
Amazon.co.uk: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Under-Radar-Astronomy-Payne-Scott-Astrophysics/dp/toc/3642031404
Amazon.com: http://www.amazon.com/Under-Radar-Astronomy-Payne-Scott-Astrophysics/dp/3642031404/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1255546137&sr=8-1

Under the Radar describes the fascinating story of Payne-Scott who, employed by the Radiophysics Laboratory of the then Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) in 1941, was part of an Australian team that developed a means of measuring radio emissions from the sun - a breakthrough that would lead to the construction of sophisticated radio telescopes. Forced to resign when it was found out she was secretly married (her pregnancy giving her away) Payne-Scott became a fierce advocate of women’s rights and, as a member of the Communist Party of Australia, was also of interest to ASIO. Ruby Payne-Scott’s children are renowned contemporary artist, Fiona Hall and mathematician and ARC Federation Fellow, Professor Peter Hall. Miller Goss, Fiona Hall and Peter Hall were be part of the launch of "Under The Radar", along with ABC radio present Robyn Williams. The podcast of the book launch can be downloaded here: http://www.physics.usyd.edu.au/about/videos.shtml

 

Women in Science - celebrating European women scientists through the ages. Book and audiobook available to download here:  http://ec.europa.eu/research/index.cfm?lg=en&pg=wisaudiobook

 

'Rosa and Galileo' by Anne Cottinger (published by Random House in their Flying Foxes imprint) - aimed at under 9 years old.

 

'Beyond Jupiter: The Story of Planetary Astronomer Heidi Hammel' by Fred Bortz (part of the Women's Adventures in Science series by the Joseph Henry Press - National Academies Press) - aimed at pre-teens and teens.

 

'Naming Pluto' producer-director Ginita Jimenez (http://www.fatherfilms.com) - a 13-minute documentary about Venetia Burney Phair who named the planet Pluto in 1930, and saw it demoted in 2007.

 

'Sharing Science' - Survival Guides for astronomers visiting classrooms! see http://www.noao.edu/education/ncmlssg.html - one for scientists, one for teachers, one for parents.

 

'Dignifying Science' - Stories About Women Scientists by Donna Barr, Mary Fleener, Ramona Fradon, and Jim Ottaviani  Buy on: Amazon US Amazon UK

 

'Women in Early British and Irish Astronomy' by Mary Brück http://www.springer.com/astronomy/book/978-90-481-2472-5

 

Educational board games for children (French) AstroFamily, AstroPursuit and The Planets Game Available from www.abeilles-editions.com

Resources


'She is an Astronomer' is assembling resources that may be of use to female astronomers at various stages of their careers.  As well as details of funding bodies and training opportunities, we have compiled good practice guides, reports and statistics. 

 

To encourage debate and awareness of the 'She is an Astronomer' project, we have also selected some presentations that highlight women's contribution to astronomy and outline some of the issues facing women pursuing a career in astronomy and/or science in general.

 

Resources will be added to these sections throughout 2009.