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Erin Ross Jul 12
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Minority women in astronomy more likely to face harassment

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A new study finds that not only is discrimination widespread in astronomy and planetary sciences (88% of respondents said they've seen or experienced racial or sexual harassment in the last five years), women of color are much more likely to face it.

  • In a survey of 424 scientists, 40% of women of color said they felt unsafe in the workplace because of their sex, compared to just over a quarter of white women surveyed.
  • 13% of all women said they had skipped a professional event, like a meeting or a class, because of harassment.