Andrew Fraknoi Andrew Fraknoi

Resource Guide for Educators on Women in Astronomy

Updated on January 21, 2022 - 9:11 AM CST
Posted on January 20, 2022 - 1:49 PM CST

Tags: General Public | High School | Higher Education | Educator | Curriculum / Lesson Plan / Activity

A newly expanded and updated guide to resources for teaching about the challenges that face women in astronomy, and the achievements that women have made despite those challenges, is now available at:  

The materials have been selected so they can be assigned to students at the Astro 101 level. The guide was compiled by Andrew Fraknoi, Emeritus Chair of Astronomy at Foothill College and the former executive director of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific.

After sections listing resources on general history and issues related to women’s roles in astronomy, the guide features more specific books, articles, videos, and webpages on 19 women of the past and 21 women of today.  At the end of the 28-page document, there is a listing of one or two resources about 27 other women whose work students may be interested in. 

(NOTE: Given the growing number of women who are making important contributions to astronomy, this guide could only be representative, and not comprehensive.  One important criterion for inclusion was that non-technical materials about each woman had to be available for non-science majors.) 


  • Catherine McCarthy Catherine McCarthy

    Posted: January 21, 2022 by Catherine McCarthy at 9:11 AM CST

    Thank you Andrew for all your compilations!