Valentina Tereshkova was the first woman, and first civilian to ever fly in space. Illustrated for  my Women in Science series

Get one for yourself here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/196434533/women-in-science-valentina-tereshkova?ref=listing-0


Happy birthday to Vera Rubin! The pioneering astronomer turns 86 today. 

Learn about her career and contribution to the discovery of dark matter in this profile, and in our Dark Matter explainer video


Maria  Clara Eimmart, Ten Depictions of Heavenly Phenomena, (late 17th century)

Eimmart was the daughter of the history painter, portraitist and amateur astronomer Georg Christoph Eimmart, with whom she collaborated. Her father was director of the Malerakademie in Nürnberg but also established a private observatory. She was given a broad education in the fine arts, and specialized in botanical and astronomical illustrations. She made a series of some 350 drawings of lunar phases, observed by telescope, and captured on distinctive blue paper. Twelve of these were given to conte Marsili, a scientific collaborator with her father, of those twelve, ten survive in Bologna. She shortly thereafter married her father’s pupil and successor, the astronomer Johann Heinrich Müller and died in childbirth.



First illustration in my Women in Science series. Get one for yourself here:


This is so cool!


We often talk about the “leaky pipeline of STEM” as a way to talk about how women and people of color drop out of STEM careers at alarmingly high rates, but it is time to abandon that language. We’re not talking about a passive system here, where people just happen to drip out of the pipeline. No, we’re talking about a system that actively creates pressure. If you take a large pipe, attach it to a smaller pipe and then a smaller one, while still pushing the same amount of water through, what’s going to happen? Either your pipe is going to spring pressure-driven leaks or you’re going to have to have holes drilled to relieve it. We’re not talking about a leaky pipeline of STEM, we’re talking about a gorram sprinkler system, actively pushing out people who were set up to fail from the beginning by the very system itself.

There are very real problems in the sciences. But right now the field is caught in an auto-catalytic cycle, where people point out ways in which we’re failing at outreach, the people in positions of power dig in their heels with cries of “but *we* weren’t offended!”, the same people then wring their hands and wonder why there isn’t more diversity in science… and continue to ignore us when answers to that question are given. And if we keep making excuses for the smaller things that hurt various groups, it’s never goin to change.

Skepchick | Science has an Image Problem (via brutereason)

Posted on July 21, 2014

Reblogged from: Brute Reason

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Salacious Stereotyping of Trans Women Is Not 'Science'

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Survey of Academic Field Experiences (SAFE): Trainees Report Harassment and Assault


Little is known about the climate of the scientific fieldwork setting as it relates to gendered experiences, sexual harassment, and sexual assault. We conducted an internet-based survey of field scientists (N = 666) to characterize these experiences. Codes of conduct and sexual harassment policies were not regularly encountered by respondents, while harassment and assault were commonly experienced by respondents during trainee career stages. Women trainees were the primary targets; their perpetrators were predominantly senior to them professionally within the research team. Male trainees were more often targeted by their peers at the research site. Few respondents were aware of mechanisms to report incidents; most who did report were unsatisfied with the outcome. These findings suggest that policies emphasizing safety, inclusivity, and collegiality have the potential to improve field experiences of a diversity of researchers, especially during early career stages. These include better awareness of mechanisms for direct and oblique reporting of harassment and assault and, the implementation of productive response mechanisms when such behaviors are reported. Principal investigators are particularly well positioned to influence workplace culture at their field sites.

This is a difficult reality to face.  Fieldwork should be a fun learning experience where you build important professional and personal relationships, not another environment where a trainee is on her (or his!) guard.  I hope none of you will need this, but please read this article (full text in the link) and be informed and aware.

If anyone needs to talk about an experience they have had like this, I encourage you to contact your university, or you can always privately message or email us (scientificwomen3@gmail.com).  We would be happy to support you however we can.

Why 'Magic School Bus' Returning to TV Is Fantastic News For Women in Science

Even At Highest Level, STEM’s Leaky Pipeline Failing Women and Black People


Even At Highest Level, STEM’s Leaky Pipeline Failing Women and Black People


Among STEM Ph.D. holders, women and black people are leaving the field in disproportionate numbers, finds a new study by the American Institutes for Research (AIR). The research uses data from the National Science Foundation’s 2010 Survey of Doctorate Recipients, which includes 400,000 participants who earned doctorate degrees in STEM between 1959 and 2010. The analysis shows that a full 20% of…

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Genderqueer Links and Books



«this compilation was done by the rad folks at genderqueerid.com. Any recs or words are written by them, not me (Aida)»

Last updated April 18, 2014. This list is also available in Tumblr reblog format, which has 8,000+ notes - thanks everyone!

The following are link and book recommendations, all evaluated myself, as helpful resources that relate to genderqueer and non-binary concepts and identities. If there is a resource you would like to suggest, please use the GQID submit form.


Genderqueer and Non-Binary Friendly Tumblrs

a-genderall-none-or-inbetweenCloset ProblemscrushingthebinaryDMAB DelightfulFat Genderqueers!The Feminine NeutroisFreedom Centre: FC Yeah!Fuck Yeah Androgyny!Fuck Yeah GenderlessFuck Yeah Gender Studies!fyeahtransfashionthe gender bender agendaThe Gender BookGenderforkrGenderPanicGender QueeriesGenderqueerThe Genderqueer ActivistGenderQueer ConfessionsGenderqueer PlusGenderqueer PositivityGenderqueer PrideGenderQueer ProblemsGendered IntelligenceGénero Queer y No-binario (Spanish), Hell Yeah Agender!KNOW HomoLGBTQ AskslittlenonbinarythingsHeartland Trans* Wellness GroupNeutroisNonbinaryThe Nonbinary ArmyNon-binary ArtistsNonbinary Autistics!Nonbinary ConfessionsnonbinaryheadcanonsnonbinarynerdnonbinaryparentingThe Non-Binary Safe SpaceNonbinary Sexnonbinary-supportNon-OpPractical AndrogynyPride Flags for UsThe Pronoun Learning ResourceQueerabilityQueer DictionarysafequeersexThe Safe Space NetworkSmashing the BinaryThe —- Space!T.R.A.N.S.Transcending AnatomyTransgender Housing NetworkThe Transgender Teen’s Survival GuidetransqueeryTrans* ResourceTrans Student Equality ResourcesTrans*toonsTucking and Other SkillswaryofthebinaryWe Are Gender-Fluid!whatdoesenbymeanygender[queer]

GQ and Non-Binary Friendly Subreddits


GQ and Non-Binary Friendly Livejournal Communities

AndrogynesBigenderBirlsgender_fluidGenderqueerGirlfags and Guydykes(re)definitionTransgender

GQ and Non-Binary Friendly deviantART Groups


Websites and FAQs

Androgyny Rarely Asked QuestionsCrossdreamersGenderforkGenderologyGenderpediaGenderqueer in the UKGenderQueer RevolutionGender SphereGender SplendourHeartland Trans* Wellness GroupNonbinary.orgNon-Op: Another Option (Archived), pipisafoat: FAQ on Genderqueers, Gender Expression, and Gender VariancePractical AndrogynyQueer Lexikon (German), Tipping the ScalesT-VoxWe Happy TransWorld Professional Association for Transgender HealthYGender

Organizations and Events: Click here for a list

Forums and Groups

AVEN: Gender DiscussionGenderQueer Atheists Group on FacebookLast.fm: Genderqueers GroupLaura’s PlaygroundScarleteen: Gender IssuesSteam Community: GenderqueerSusan’s Place#transchatTransYadaTQ NationWhat is Gender?

Identity Sites

Androgyne OnlineBigenderBi-Gender the Bisexual PartnerGirlFags (Archived), Neutrois.comNeutrois Nonsense

Prounouns and Titles

The Art of Transliness: Gender Neutral Relational TermsGender Neutral Pronoun BlogGender Queeries: Gender Neutral/Queer TitlesGenderqueer in the UK: Misc, or Mx: A Gender-neutral TitleMIT’s Ally Toolkit: Gender Neutral Pronoun UsageWarren Wilson: Using Gender-Neutral Language in Academic Writing

Articles: Click here for a list

Fun, Videos, Podcasts, & Performance

Agender EarthwormFacts About Queers (Humor), Fuck Yeah Non-Binary SeahorseGenderqueer ChatGendercast: Our Transmasculine GenderqueeryGenderqueer GiraffeGender QueeriesKreative Korporation: Yay genderform! (a comprehensive and fun-to-play-with list of gender, sex, orientation, and more identities), Midwest Genderqueerregender: A Different Kind of TranslatorTrans Parrotfish


Gender Diversity ProjectGender Spectrum: ResourcesQueer Teaching TipsSafe Schools CoalitionTRANScending Identities: A Bibliography of Resources on Transgender and Intersex TopicsTrans What?: A Guide Towards Allyship

Sex EdClick here for a list

The Trevor Project: “The leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services” to LGBT youth: 866-4-U-TREVOR (866-488-7386) Also available for matters of less pressing urgency, Dear Trevor is an “online, non-time sensitive Question & Answer resource for young people with questions surrounding sexual orientation and gender identity.” A directory of previous questions in the category of Transgender/Genderqueer is also available.

Social Media

Click here for a list of social media with options apart from male and female, as well as scripts to alter options on websites that don’t provide these options by default

Fashion and Transitional GearClick here for a list

Banner:This Journal is Gay/Lesbian, Bisexual, Pansexual, Transgender, Intersex, Genderqueer, Asexual Positive banner (with flags). Designed by Neth Dugan.


Note: Use Worldcat.org, the world’s largest global library catalog, to see if the book you’re seeking is available at a library near you or click the links below to be directed to an Amazon purchase link (when available).

The Gender Book - Mel Reiff Hill and Jay Mays

Gender Now Coloring Book - Maya Christina Gonzales

Gender Outlaw: On Men, Women and the Rest of Us - Kate Bornstein

Gender Outlaws: The Next Generation - Kate Bornstein

Hello, Cruel World: 101 Alternatives to Suicide for Teens, Freaks, and Other Outlaws - Kate Bornstein

My New Gender Workbook: A Step-by-Step Guide to Achieving World Peace Through Gender Anarchy and Sex Positivity - Kate Bornstein

Books and essays by Ivan Coyote

Grrl Alex: A Personal Journey to a Transgender Identity - Alex Drummond

GenderQueer: Voices From Beyond the Sexual Binary - Joan Nestle, Riki Wilchins, Clare Howell

Nobody Passes: Rejecting the Rules of Gender and Conformity - Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore

PoMoSexuals: Challenging Assumptions About Gender and Sexuality - Carol Queen and Lawrence Schimel

Queer Theory, Gender Theory - Riki Anne Wilchins

Read My Lips: Sexual Subversion and the End of Gender - Riki Anne Wilchins

Trans Bodies, Trans Selves (in-progress) - Laura Erickson-Schroth

whatever.odt (free!) - JD O’Meara

Feeling Wrong in Your Own Body: Understanding What It Means to Be Transgender - Jamie A. Seba

That’s Revolting!: Queer Strategies for Resisting Assimilation - Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore

Transgender Voices: Beyond Women and Men - Lori B. Girshick and Jamison Green

Transition and Beyond: Observations on Gender Identity - Reid Vanderburgh

(Looking for a list of books concerning gender, sex, and orientation that aren’t genderqueer specific instead? Click here)

Book lists compiled by others:

Bibliography of Books Concerning Androgynes and Androgyny

Booklist for Trans Youth on Goodreads

Genderqueer Chicago on Goodreads

Made another update after many months since the last, removing broken links and adding some new resources!

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