Women in Physics and Astronomy at SFSU

Women in Physics and Astronomy at SFSU

A group created to promote and support women in the fields of physics and astronomy at San Francisco State University.

This club was founded by women as a support structure for present and future women studying physics or astronomy at San Francisco State University.

The primary mission of this organization is to enhance the visibility of successful women in the field and to actively foster a community within our discipline.


"It was at that moment that I realized the magnitude of my actions"

- Meghan Markle from Suits

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[05/09/17]   Adrienne Rich's Tribute to Women in Astronomy:


Thinking of Caroline Herschel (1750–1848)
astronomer, sister of William; and others.

A woman in the shape of a monster
a monster in the shape of a woman
the skies are full of them

a woman ‘in the snow
among the Clocks and instruments
or measuring the ground with poles’

in her 98 years to discover
8 comets

she whom the moon ruled
like us
levitating into the night sky
riding the polished lenses

Galaxies of women, there
doing penance for impetuousness
ribs chilled
in those spaces of the mind

An eye,

‘virile, precise and absolutely certain’
from the mad webs of Uranusborg

encountering the NOVA

every impulse of light exploding

from the core
as life flies out of us

Tycho whispering at last
‘Let me not seem to have lived in vain’

What we see, we see
and seeing is changing

the light that shrivels a mountain
and leaves a man alive

Heartbeat of the pulsar
heart sweating through my body

The radio impulse
pouring in from Taurus

I am bombarded yet I stand

I have been standing all my life in the
direct path of a battery of signals
the most accurately transmitted most
untranslatable language in the universe
I am a galactic cloud so deep so invo-
luted that a light wave could take 15
years to travel through me And has
taken I am an instrument in the shape
of a woman trying to translate pulsations
into images for the relief of the body
and the reconstruction of the mind.

Vera Rubin, 88, Dies; Opened Doors in Astronomy, and for Women


She was "a 'guiding light' for a generation of female astronomers." Rest in peace, Vera Rubin.

nytimes.com Dr. Rubin, who was awarded the National Medal of Science in 1993, ushered in the cosmic realization that most of the universe is invisible.


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