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February 10, 2005 04:00 PM (EST)

News Release Number: STScI-2005-07

American Astronomical Society Sets Goals for Improving Gender Equity in Astronomy

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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.

CONTACT

Dr. Patricia Knezek
American Astronomical Society's Committee on the Status of
Women in Astronomy
WIYN Consortium, Inc., Tucson, AZ
(Phone: 520-318-8442; E-mail: knezek@noao.edu)

Dr. Steve Maran
American Astronomical Society, Washington, DC
(Phone: 202-328-2010 x116; E-mail: maran@aas.org)

Cheryl Gundy
Space Telescope Science Institute, Baltimore, MD
(Phone: 410-338-4707; E-mail: gundy@stsci.edu)