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American Astronomical Society Sets Goals for Improving Gender Equity in Astronomy

Release date: Feb 10, 2005 4:00 PM (EST)

The American Astronomical Society (AAS) has endorsed a new set of recommendations to improve the status of gender equity in astronomy. The recommendations, endorsed at the 205th meeting of the Society in San Diego from January 8 to 13, 2005, were prepared by the Society's Committee on the Status of Women in Astronomy (CSWA). The recommendation document, entitled Equity Now: The Pasadena Recommendations for Gender Equality in Astronomy is available at http://www.aas.org/~cswa.

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Release date: Feb 10, 2005
American Astronomical Society Sets Goals for Improving Gender Equity in Astronomy

The American Astronomical Society (AAS) has endorsed a new set of recommendations to improve the status of gender equity in astronomy. The recommendations, endorsed at the 205th meeting of the Society in San Diego from January 8 to 13, 2005, were prepared by the Society's Committee on the Status of Women in Astronomy (CSWA). The recommendation document, entitled Equity Now: The Pasadena Recommendations for Gender Equality in Astronomy is available at http://www.aas.org/~cswa.

The recommendation document is derived from the following guiding principles:

(1) Women and men are equally talented and deserve equal opportunity;

(2) Full participation of men and women will maximize excellence in the field;

(3) The measure of equal opportunity is outcome, i.e., gender equity has been attained when the percentage of women in the next level of advancement equals the percentage in the pool; and

(4) Long-term change requires periodic evaluation of progress and action to address areas where improvement is necessary.

The recommendations cover tenure-track hiring, career advancement and recognition, institutional policies, varied career paths, cultural issues and statistical information. The AAS Council endorsed the recommendations unanimously.