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Women in Astronomy, 1000 Posts Later

3 Aug 2015, 16:31 UTC
Women in Astronomy, 1000 Posts Later
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Today marks our 1000th blog post on the Women-in-Astronomy (WiA) blog. I thought I'd use this post to talk about some of the blog's history and where I see our future. Former Bloggers-in-Chief Hannah Jang-Condell and Laura Trouille as well as CSWA chair Joan Schmelz also contributed to this piece. This blog was started in 2008 by former CSWA member Hannah Jang-Condell in an effort to reach out to a younger, more socially networked audience. While the CSWA already had a weekly newsletter (AAS Women, sign up here) and a quarterly magazine (Status: A Report on Women in Astronomy), Hannah felt that more informal, shorter posts, would engage a different audience. Initially the blog consisted of posts by Hannah sharing her thoughts about women in science, and providing commentary on news items that crossed her path.  It wasn't too long before she realized that she needed help and recruited other members of the CSWA to contribute to WiA.  In 2009 Joan Schmelz and (then-CSWA-chair) Geoff Clayton started contributing posts and Hannah became the first 'Blogger-in-Chief'. Joan hates to admit that she was silently skeptical about the role and effectiveness of this blog, but nevertheless helped Hannah and was one of the first writers ...

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