Today’s post for #BlackInAstro week looks at the underrepresentation of Black women in astronomy and physics, and summarizes two papers on their lived experiences in the field.
Graduate student Cheyenne Polius writes about her experience as a Black woman studying astrophysics in the UK!
To start off a full week of #BlackInAstro posts, we interview Ashley Walker—the person who came up with the #BlackInAstro hashtag!
Graduate student KeShawn Ivory writes on how being Black has affected his trajectory in astrophysics, what the field would ideally look like for him, what he needs non-Black folks in the field to understand and change, and how all these questions are really one and the same.
Black astronomers and physicists are drastically underrepresented in these fields. Here we break down the numbers, and look at research on the discrimination faced by Black students in STEM.
Ashlee Wilkins, a Professional Staff Member in the U.S. House Science, Space and Technology Committee, chats about her work in science policy and tells us why “it’s worth getting involved.”