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Women in Astronomy II: 10 Years After

On June 27-28, 2003, in Pasadena, California, a meeting was held by the American Astronomical Society's (AAS) Committee on the Status of Women in Astronomy (CSWA) to follow up on women's role in professional astronomy 10 years later.

The purpose of the meeting was "to review the current status of women in astronomy, understand their work environment, assess developments since the 1992 Baltimore conference, and recommend future actions that will improve the environment for all astronomers."

There were 36 institutions polled on the "gender distribution of astronomers at major US research institutions." Some of their findings were:

bulletIncrease in the number of women postdocs
bulletIncrease in the number of women graduate students (30% of grad students in astronomy are women)
bulletDecrease in the number of assistant and associate professors since 1999

To read more about this report, and additional coverage, check out the following sites:

bulletWomen in Astronomy II Meeting
bulletWomen in Professional Astronomy: Venus Rising
bulletCSWA Survey Results, 2003
bulletCSWA Survey Data, 2003
bulletWomen in Astronomy II Speaker Bios
bulletAttracting and Retaining Women in IT Programs

Updated 01.01.2008
theWoman Astronomer 2001-2008

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