this is a ~10 min talk written for Astronomy on Tap (NYC) and delivered on 10/15/2015. it is designed for a non-academic audience to highlight the problem of lack of diversity and equity in academic STEM
major in computer science if they suspected they might need to carry out their coding while sitting in a pink cubicle decorated with posters of “Sex and the City,” with copies of Vogue and Cosmo scattered around the lunchroom.
attributed to the University of Chicago scholars lead by R. Park (a white dude) “The Scholar Denied: W.E.B. Du Bois and the Birth of Modern Sociology” University of California Press, August 2015 - A. Morris Forgotten or barely remembered scientists
at Mt. Palomar. Rubin described afterwards how “I was sent a proposal form which said, printed, “Due to limited facilities, it is not possible to accept applications from women”. And someone had penciled in “usually”. "A Woman's Place is in the Dome”: Gender and the Astronomica Observatory, 1670-1970 by Kristine Larsen http://academinist.org/wp-content/uploads/2009/10/Woman_Place_Larsen.pdf
Act To enforce the constitutional right to vote, to confer jurisdiction upon the district courts of the United States to provide injunctive relief against discrimination in public accommodations, to authorize the attorney General to institute suits to protect constitutional rights in public facilities and public education, to extend the Commission on Civil Rights, to prevent discrimination in federally assisted programs, to establish a Commission on Equal Employment Opportunity, and for other purposes. STEM Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That this Act may be cited as the “Civil Rights Act of 1964”.
and Poors 500 on a series of factors relating to the hiring and advancement of women and nonwhites. The study found, the annualized return for the 100 companies which rated lowest in equal employment opportunities issues, average 7.9 percent, compared to 18.3 percent for the 100 companies that rated highest in their equal employment opportunities. "Thus, the stock market performance of the ﬁrms that were high performers on the glass ceiling-related goals was 2.5 times higher than that of the ﬁrms that invested little in glass ceiling-related issues." - See more at: http://www.equalitymagazines.com/index.php/why-diversify/why-hire- diversity#sthash.YZwlp4BZ.dpuf worse 100 best 100 stock market performance 7.9% 18.3% investment in equal opportunities