These Female Scientists Are Going Beyond the Women's March to Strive for Science Justice
Amid the one million men and women who took to the streets of Washington D.C. on Sunday to march, about fifty women were sporting white lab coats. Along with supporting the Women's March, they were also expressing their support for a very real global concern.
"What do we want? Data! When do we want it? Forever!" and “When I say peer, you say review! Peer! Review! Peer! Review!," some were chanting, according to the Atlantic.
The advocacy group, 500 Women Scientists, first gathered in the wake of the election — quickly growing in popularity after getting more than 10,000 signatures on a pledge about the future of science in the current political system. What had started as a text thread became a mailing list of 500 women who set out to publicize a much needed conversation on climate change and science as a whole.
"We're scared and angry and we want to do something — so let's do something," said Jane Zelikova, one of the group's founders.
"There is a time when you made a choice. You made a choice to be in this group, you made a choice to fight against this administration," said ecology educator and group member, Anjali Kumar.
This sentiment comes at an especially relevant time in the days since the march. Trump's administration recently demanded that the EPA, National Park Service, and the Forest Service under the Department of Agriculture stop publishing climate facts and corresponding with media, The Washington Post reports.
Since then, rogue accounts have been made to keep publishing scientific information like climate change so that it's made widely available to the public.
Similarly, 500 Women Scientists are striving toward continuing education. One goal is to send teams of female scientists to small towns in order to better educate communities — whether it be in schools, diners, libraries, or meeting halls.
"From personal experience, this 'changing hearts and minds,' one person at a time, does work," said Zelikova.
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