What Happens When You Read Science Writing by Women

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I shared my own favorite story, ‘Elderly Woman’ Is Not a Synonym for Clueless Person,’ or, as I originally titled it, ‘All the Scientists Named Myrtle,’ which I wrote for Scientific American nearly a year ago. Then I activated my Self-Control app, which blocks me from seeing Facebook for the next 24 hours. (I prefer not to fall into Facebook’s yawning maw more than once a day.)

Why did I volunteer to embark on this reading project? I wasn’t entirely disinterested. I had anticipated that some readers of the post would share my ‘Aunt Myrtle’ story, and that I would probably gain some new Twitter followers, both of which happened. But I also felt it would be a public service to highlight stories by women science writers. Back in 2014, a Science survey of the ‘Top 50 Science Stars of Twitter,’ found that ‘of the 50 most followed scientists, only four are women.’ More recently, of the 584 science and technology stories written during 2017 for The Conversation, an independent source of news and views from the academic research community, 72 percent were written by men and only 28 percent by women.’

  • Publisher: Scientific American Blog Network
  • Author: Josie Glausiusz
  • Twitter: @sciam
  • Citation: Web link (Read More)

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And here’s another article:

European Space Agency Celebrates Women in Science with Astro Pi Challenge

Coding will become even more important in space exploration as humans explore faraway places, says a Canadian astronaut candidate in a new video.

To celebrate the International Day of Women and Girls in Science (today, Feb. 11), Jennifer Sidey-Gibbons spoke to the European Space Agency about her female role models and the importance of women in coding history.’

ESA released the video to promote its Astro Pi Challenge, an ESA Education program done in collaboration with the Raspberry Pi Foundation. The program offers students the chance to do space-based scientific investigations using Raspberry Pi computers on the International Space Station (ISS).

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