by Rae Johnston
Originally published: July 11, 2017
A new study has highlighted the widespread gender and racial harassment of women of colour working in astronomy and planetary science - harassment at levels unseen by any other gender or racial group in the field.
40 per cent say they feel unsafe in their workplace because of harassment targeted at their gender, and 28 per cent feel unsafe because of harassment targeted at their race, and this 100 per cent needs to change.
About 13 percent of the study's female participants reported skipping at least one class, meeting, fieldwork opportunity or other professional event for this reason. Some men of colour also skipped events as a result of hearing racist comments at school or work.