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Standing Room Only

October 13, 2008

The DPS women held a special session at this week’s meeting of the American Astronomical Society’s Division of Planetary Sciences.  70 women and a handful of men met to hear Mary Munter, Professor of Management Communication at Dartmouth, speak about differences in communication style.  The room was packed, with women standing in the back and along the wall.  The audience was lively and eager to apply the lessons to their own research and collaborations.  As always, after these events, women gathered in the meeting room and in the hall to brainstorm what else could be done … what’s the next step that needs to be taken in order to more fully engage planetary science women in missions and research at all levels.

I’m not sure what the answer is, but I know it starts right here, with us.  The women in planetary science can learn a lot from each other.  It’s clear that we need to continue speaking out, showing each other that it can be done.

New readers, welcome to the Women in Planetary Science blog!  All are welcome here, and anyone may leave a comment, either with their name or anonymously.  Guest posts are welcome as well — if you’d like to tell your story, share an anecdote, or ask a question, just email us and we’ll be happy to post your words!  There is also an email list available; send an email to womeninplanetaryscience at to join the list.

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