#GAReads | How to Find a Woman Scientist
Following the 2016 U.S. presidential election, a grassroots organization called 500 Women Scientists was established to help propel and maintain the momentum of such efforts. Its founders and members pledged to speak up for science and for women. They would do this by boosting scientific literacy through public engagement, strengthening the role of science in society, and changing the face of what a scientist looks like. More than 20,000 people, mostly women but also a couple thousand men, signed the pledge.
Three weeks into the new year—on Thursday, January 18, 2018—this pledge was reaffirmed when we launched Request a Woman Scientist. It is a budding, global, public list of professional women in the sciences interested in interacting with other professionals, journalists and members of the public as speakers, panelists, experts, course leaders and advocates for diversity, equity and women in STEM.