Workplace Culture in the Space Sciences—by the Numbers - Pacific Standard

Workplace Culture in the Space Sciences—by the Numbers

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A new survey of astronomers and planetary scientists finds that many underrepresented minorities in the field experience discriminatory remarks and verbal and physical harassment. It's thought that a hostile work environment may be one reason few minorities are employed in the space sciences. Below, some numbers on the survey's findings and the make-up of astronomy in America:

  • 474: The number of astronomers and planetary scientists who responded to the survey.
  • 34: The percentage of survey-takers who "sometimes" or "often" heard sexist remarks from peers in school or lab.
  • 12: The percentage of survey-takers who "sometimes" or "often" heard racist remarks from peers in school or lab.
  • 1.8 times: How much more likely female astronomers were to hear sexist remarks than male astronomers.
  • 2.9 times: How much more likely astronomers of color were to hear racist remarks than white astronomers.
  • 93: The percentage of working Ph.D. physicists and astronomers in America who are male.
  • 96: The percentage of working Ph.D. physicists and astronomers in America who are white or Asian.

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