The best year for female astronomers will be this year, according to a new report.
The report, published on June 1st, said there is “overwhelming evidence” women are making a significant contribution to the field.
“Women are the most significant part of the workforce in the astronomy community and it’s a great time to be a woman in astronomy,” said Jennifer Cramer, executive director of the Astrophysical Association of America.
“This year we’re going to see more and more women in leadership positions and the next generation of astrophysicists are going to be making contributions to the science of the universe.”
Astrophysicist Susan MacLachlan has been at the forefront of female astronomers for decades.
“We have a very small number of women and it has a huge impact on our careers,” she told Al Jazeera.
“If women were in leadership roles, we wouldn’t have the opportunities we do.”
The report also highlighted the positive role women are playing in the field, as they continue to gain ground.
“It’s an extremely positive year for the astronomical community, and I think we’re really just in the early stages,” said MacLACHLAN.
“The way we’re able to collaborate and work together is really amazing.”
MacLACHLAN also added that the number of female students at the American Astronomical Society (AAS) is growing every year, which is encouraging.
“I think women are doing the work that they want to do.
And I think the future is bright for women who want to pursue a career in astronomy.”
More than 100 countries across the globe are participating in Astrology Week this year.