It’s never too late – or too early – to pursue a career in astronomy. As recently as 2018, only 18% of astronomers worldwide were female. But that figure is growing!
Young female astronomers and their champions can watch the video below to hear about this fascinating profession, including challenges and opportunities that today’s women face, incredible role models, and more.
Featured in this Unistellar Live:
- Dr. Jill Tarter, an astrophysicist and astronomer, known for her work on the Search for ExtraTerrestrial Intelligence (SETI). She holds the Emeritus and Bernard M. Oliver Chair for SETI at the SETI Institute and has been with SETI since 1984. She’s deeply committed to the education of future citizens and scientists, is a past winner of the TED Prize, and Discover magazine previously recognized her as one of the 50 most important women in science. Jill’s astronomical work is illustrated in Carl Sagan’s novel Contact, which was turned into a feature film starring Jodie Foster.
- Nancy C. Wolfson, a scholar, researcher and author, and a co-founder-President of Disrupting Space LLC. Nancy is currently the Vice Chair of the International Astronautical Federation’s Technical Committee on Near-Earth Objects.
- Val Klavans, Unistellar brand ambassador at the SETI Institute, and an expert in planetary astronomy.
Young female astronomers: Make your dreams come true, and join the ranks of space pioneers, scientific disruptors, and female astronomy powerhouses!
Below are resources related to careers and women in astronomy.
ASTRONOMY CAREER PROFILES, American Astronomical Society
There are dozens of diverse career trajectories available to astronomers inside and outside academia. Peruse interviews that share advice and lessons learned from individuals on various paths.
ABOUT A CAREER IN ASTRONOMY, American Astronomical Society
Information and advice, including a PDF version of “A New Universe to Explore: Careers in Astronomy.”
STATISTICS ON WOMEN IN PHYSICS AND ASTRONOMY, American Institute of Physics
These reports and graphics provide data on the education and employment of women in physics in the U.S. and working women physicists across the world.
WOMEN IN ASTRONOMY: AN INTRODUCTORY RESOURCE GUIDE, by Andrew Fraknoi (Fromm Institute, University of San Francisco)
A resource for educators and students who wish to begin exploring the challenges and triumphs of women of the past and present. It’s also an opportunity to get to know the lives and work of some of the key women who have overcome prejudice and exclusion to make significant contributions to our field.
WOMEN IN ASTRONOMY: A COMPREHENSIVE BIBLIOGRAPHY, Compiled by Ruth S. Freitag, Science Reference Services, Library of Congress
An alphabetical list of female astronomers.
WEB RESOURCES GUIDE: WOMEN IN ASTRONOMY, National Science Foundation’s National Optical Astronomy Observatory
Guides and databases, organizations, statistics, magazines and newsletters, social media, and women astronomers in Tucson.