Dr. Kelly Fleming is a chemical engineer, AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow, and Policy and Advocacy lead for 500 Women Scientists — a grassroots organization started by four women in science following the 2016 election. By mid-November, the group had grown to 500 who signed onto an open letter pledging to stand up for scientific integrity and for women, minorities, immigrants, people with disabilities, and LGBTQIA. Today, over 17,000 women have pledged their support and Local Pods for action have sprung up in over 100 locations around the world. The Science Soapbox team sat down with Kelly to chat more about 500 Women Scientists’ mission and how, with outreach, she hopes to promote an inclusive and diverse scientific community to solve global challenges.
Here are some of the links and references mentioned during the show:
- To learn more about 500 Women Scientists, check out their site, take their pledge, check out their press clippings, and find your local pod
- Check out this op-ed in The Seattle Times penned by Kelly and two fellow 500 Women Scientists calling for EPA head Scott Pruitt to act on climate change
- You can learn more about Kelly in this fabulous interview featured on 500 Women Scientists’ blog
- And read this great op-ed in Scientific American last week by a fellow 500 Women Scientists leader Krista Bywater: We Are Never Just Scientists
This episode was recorded on February 18, 2017 at the AAAS Annual Meeting. Special thanks to Visager for music. Photo credit goes to Amanda Kowalski for ClimateTruth.org.