In 2015, the United Nations proclaimed February 11 as the International Day of Women and Girls in Science. The objective was to emphasize the fundamental role played by women in science and technology, seeking to strengthen their participation in these areas, but on equal terms and with equal opportunities.
With this in mind, Las Campanas Observatory of the Carnegie Institution for Science, published the second chapter of its Youtube documentary “Women in Science”, with the participation of Chilean and North American astronomers, leaders in this area of knowledge.
The 2022 version included the participation of Chilean astronomers Monica Rubio, Academic of the Department of Astronomy at the University of Chile and winner of the 2021 National Prize for Exact Sciences; Amelia Ramirez, Dean of the Faculty of Sciences at the University of La Serena, and Paulina Troncoso, Director of the Bachelor’s Degree in Astronomy at the Central University of Chile. In addition, American astronomers Alycia Weinberger, Munazza Alam and Johanna Teske, all of them part of the staff of the Earth and Planets Laboratory of the Carnegie Institution for Science, participated in the film.
This documentary was recorded in English and Spanish, so it has subtitles in both languages. It is available on the Youtube channel of Las Campanas Observatory (https://youtu.be/xyvhaLKuYws).
“These documentaries not only disseminate astronomical research but also highlight the importance of the role played by Chilean and Carnegie women astronomers in scientific work. Without a doubt, they are an extraordinary reference for children who are curious and interested in science”, emphasizes Leopoldo Infante, director of Las Campanas Observatory.
The first chapter of this series was published on February 11, 2021, with the participation of women scientists from the Las Campanas Observatory staff, who, through their experiences, analyzed the gender gap in science. This production was interpreted in Chilean sign language thanks to the support of the Chilean Society of Astronomy and is available on LCO’s Youtube channel (https://youtu.be/nWUUFVBuPFw).