Women in Astrobiology


This is a fairly informal group created as a safe place to post/discuss topics in astrobiology that may have a gender component.  Note, this group is meant to be inclusive, you don’t have to be a woman to support women in astrobiology or care about issues like work-life satisfaction. 

For the moment I am mostly cross-posting professional development opportunities that come up on the Women in Planetary Science Blog (these are mostly applicable to any gender), but I would love input from others across the disciplines that make up astrobiology.  Please post relevant opportunities and issues below.

For starters, check out this post with a list of resources helpful to students and postdocs (or any early career people for that matter :). I am sure you have your favorite resources as well, so I would love to add to the list.

Resource List

Also check out inspiring interviews with female planetary scientists here.  

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Latest Activity: Oct 17, 2020

Discussion Forum

Harassment in the field?

Started by Melissa Kirven-Brooks. Last reply by Melissa Kirven-Brooks Apr 8, 2016. 5 Replies

Hi everyone: i joined this forum to draw particular attention to the ad for positions at the Cal Academy because I am told that they would particularly like to recruit talented women, however I just…Continue

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Astrobiology Newsletters - which do you subscribe to?

Started by Kelsi Singer. Last reply by Sanjoy Som Dec 21, 2013. 2 Replies

Hi All,My friend Malene asked which astrobiology-relevant newsletters or e-mail lists I use to get info about upcoming events and opportunities.  I get the…Continue

NASA GIRLS mentoring program

Started by Sanjoy Som. Last reply by Kelsi Singer Aug 17, 2012. 1 Reply

This was just sent out by NASA HQ. It might be of interest to this group!NASA COMPLETES PILOT PROGRAM FOR ONE-ON-ONE VIRTUAL MENTORING OF MIDDLE SCHOOL GIRLSWASHINGTON -- NASA's new virtual mentoring…Continue

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Comment by Betul on November 11, 2013 at 10:30am

Thought this video may be of interest to this group.. 

Art of mentorship:

Comment by Deanna McCool on September 30, 2013 at 10:08pm thought you guys might like the video!
Comment by Betul on September 30, 2013 at 7:33am

An inspirational interview with Mary-Claire King: -- makes me want to push even harder!

Comment by Sara Imari Walker on September 27, 2013 at 5:57pm

Hi all! This might be of interest to some: Gender Summit 3 – North America, will take place in Washington, DC on November 13-15, 2013. 

The theme for this year’s summit is Diversity Fueling Excellence in Research and Innovation.  The aim of the event is a Call to Action for relevant stakeholders to make positive change resulting in greater diversity in the science workforce and leadership, and for the greater inclusion of sex and gender considerations (the “gender dimension”) in research content and process.  The objectives of the summit are to develop solutions on how to incorporate sex and gender considerations in research methods, institutional structures, and funding structures; to foster a community of experts – across government, industry, the academy and public citizenry – to address scientific and societal grand challenges; and to maximize national and international networking for research and human capital development.   
Register for the summit at to participate in these important conversations and network with researchers, policy makers, and STEM stakeholders.  Visit for additional details or email questions

Comment by Julia DeMarines (Teaspoon) on September 3, 2013 at 10:25am

Lisa Grossman just posted this article on facebook examining the gap between the genders in STEM subjects in high school. The school they mention is from the same county I grew up in!

Comment by Julia DeMarines (Teaspoon) on September 3, 2013 at 10:24am

Kelsi, I agree... I've thought long and hard about that article. It's sad that we live in a world where it's all about who you know and your connections, instead of getting ahead solely on good work, but at least there is attention on active ways to minimize the gender bias in the workforce, and especially in science.

Comment by Kelsi Singer on September 1, 2013 at 11:28pm

Thanks for posting that article, Julia!  The author's sharp division between what a mentor is and what a sponsor is doesn't seem that realistic (seems like someone can have aspects of both) but it doesn't hurt to emphasize that everyone needs people who will speak up for them and promote them :).  

Comment by Julia DeMarines (Teaspoon) on August 29, 2013 at 12:24pm

Hey all! Emily Lakdawalla just recently posted this article about women needing sponsors more so than mentors. I'd be interested to hear your thoughts!!

Comment by Kelsi Singer on April 22, 2013 at 10:38am

looks great, thanks for posting Sara!  I have also heard good things about the "Makers" series, for a more historical perspective on women shaping america :)   (free to watch online)

Comment by Sara Imari Walker on April 22, 2013 at 10:23am

This looks like it will be an interesting series of articles from NPR in the coming weeks about modern women in the workforce -


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