Fifty people joined the September 5th kickoff of 500 Women Scientists in Boston. The national group was first founded in 2016 to speak up for science and make science open, inclusive, and accessible. Since then, many local and regional groups have sprung up across the country.
The event started with short talks about climate change from women in fields as different as biology, public health, engineering, and landscape architecture. The attendees then joined in a discussion about the future role of 500 Women Scientists in Boston. People expressed interest in engaging in advocacy, education, and supporting women scientists around issues of sexual assault and harassment.