March 8, 2017

Each March, for National Women’s History Month, we celebrate the extensive contributions of women to our society, our field, and our institution. Today, on March 8th, we also celebrate International Women’s Day. In both of these celebrations, we remember the incredible women who have forged paths for others, and who reach back to offer a helping hand and invaluable mentorship and support to those who follow in their footsteps. To the women working at and visiting UCAR/NCAR, we thank you for your incredible service to our organization and to our field. You and your work are valued here.

We invite everyone at UCAR/NCAR to join us in making sure that our organization is a welcoming and inclusive place for all women. To do so, we need to remember that women have many different identities that intersect and affect each other. By this, we mean that the rights of Black and Brown women are inextricably bound up in rights for people of colour; that the rights of women with disabilities are impossible to disentangle from disability rights, and that the rights of lesbian, bisexual, asexual, and pansexual women are synonymous with LGB rights. At NCAR and UCAR, we affirm that transgender women are women, period. As we work toward greater access to STEM fields for women, we must lower barriers and create inclusive environments for all, and remember that by creating exceptional working environments for those who face the greatest barriers, we automatically create a better workplace for everyone.

For more information, please visit the UCAR Office for Diversity & Inclusion webpages, where you can find more resources about the contribution of women in our society and our field, and find links to support networks for women in the sciences. As always, we are available any time to talk about any issues related to diversity and inclusion.

In solidarity,

Carolyn & Kristen

UCAR Office for Diversity & Inclusion

Additional resources

Earth Science Women’s Network is an international peer-mentoring network of women in the Earth Sciences, with a mission to promote career development, build community, provide opportunities for informal mentoring and support, and facilitate professional collaborations.

Beyond Curie highlights women who have made incredible advances in their respective fields in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

Rejected Princesses is a collection of art and stories about "women too awesome, awful, or offbeat for kids' movies."

Vanguard STEM - Conversations with Women of Color in STEM  is a monthly web series that features a rotating panel of women of color in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), as well as blog posts about experiences, research, advice, and current events in the field.

Why John gets the STEM job rather than Jennifer is an article looking at gender bias in hiring.