Today, we are excited to announce the launch of the 1400 Degrees website, a robust directory highlighting the extraordinary achievements and contributions of women and marginalized gender identities to the fields of physics and astronomy. We know that only through diversity of thought, backgrounds, and lived experiences can we expect the kind of groundbreaking research that revolutionizes how we understand the universe.
A “glass ceiling” is often used to represent unseen barriers that prevent women, marginalized gender identities, and other underrepresented groups from excelling in society. 1400°C represents the temperature at which some types of glass begin to transform. The mission of 1400 Degrees lives right at that melting point, where the glass ceiling in physics and astronomy is transformed into a window of opportunity.
In addition to a directory of scientists, the 1400 Degrees platform includes:
- Interviews with women physicists and astronomers conducted by science writer Sophia Chen.
- Evidence-based resources for confronting gender inequality in the field of science.
- Proven best practices to help solve gender bias in research and academic environments.
- A unique space for networking, mentorship, advocacy, and communication.
The platform is part of the Science program’s broader Women In Physics & Astronomy Initiative. All projects funded in this portfolio aim to create a more inclusive, robust, and innovative physics and astronomy community in U.S. universities and research bodies.