New York Women in Natural Sciences, Inc. is a chapter of the Association for Women in Science and an employee resource group that aims to promote and provide skills for the advancement of women in science at the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) and its surrounding institutions. Our efforts are inclusive of women and all underrepresented groups in science.
What We Do
Making the Unseen Visible
Untold stories of change makers in natural history & conservation
In the realms of science, countless members of underrepresented groups have acted and continue to serve as change agents, contributing to the fields through their work as scientists and in other roles. Yet their stories are largely unknown, reminding us of the subjective nature of how history is recorded. We initiated this project to raise awareness of these previously unknown change makers in conservation and museum-based natural sciences in considering historical, contemporary, social and political contexts. We believe that bringing these voices to the foreground and celebrating the lives and legacies of these individuals will be inspirational to current and future generations of scientists. Explore Untold Stories here.
Advocating for Change
Providing Opportunities for Action
The Advocacy sub-committee works to research, plan, and coordinate activities that advance the mission of WINS through advocacy. These include participating in marches, holding action lunch hours and trainings to support our individual members’ efforts, and advocating for positive changes in our workplaces and laboratories towards more inclusive, equitable, and diverse spaces.
Promoting the Voices of Women
Guest Speaker Series
Example: In her talk titled "The Social Life of DNA", Dr. Alondra Nelson took us on an unprecedented journey into how the double helix has wound its way into the heart of the most urgent contemporary social issues around race. Artfully weaving together interactions with root-seekers alongside illuminating historical details and revealing personal narrative, she shows that genetic genealogy is a new tool for addressing old and enduring issues, including grappling with the unfinished business of slavery, establishing ties with African ancestral homelands, and making legal claims for slavery reparations.
Mentoring Circles Program
Where Everyone Can Be A Mentor and A Mentee
This program provides a space for groups of people (women, mixed gender, or mixed gender with LGBTIQ focus) at different stages of their career (e.g. lab technicians, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, senior scientists and faculty, institute directors, and those involved in science education) to meet and mentor each other on all topics of professional life. The group members decide among themselves the direction of the group and the content of the discussions, which can range from concrete career counseling to relaxing social exchanges. As a part of this program, we arrange a workshop on professional skills open to the whole Museum community.