Thursday, February 23, 2017

Role Model: Chanda Prescod-Weinstein

"I did not know about any black women working in physics when I was a high school student. A thing that’s very exciting for me is that I can be that person for someone else. And that enriches my work."
Dr. Chanda Prescod-Weinstein, theoretical astrophysicist, is still often referred to as "the 63rd black woman in American history with a Physics Ph.D." even though there have been a few more joining her since she graduated in 2010. But only just a few. And she's working on fixing that.

In addition to doing science -- research on dark matter! -- she is also an outspoken advocate for social justice and diversity, and writes extensively about things like the feminist philosophies of science and maintains a reading list for decolonising science.

She was asked to write the forward to the young adult book about black women working at NASA, Hidden Human Computers: The Black Women of NASA.

Read a short interview with her talking about her work and her experiences as a black woman in Physics.

You can find her on Twitter and Medium.

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