Sally Ride: The Sky is No Longer the Limit

In the seventh article of the CTAO’s “Building from Diversity” series, Viviana Gammaldi (researcher at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain)  gives us a glimpse into the achievements of Sally Ride, who was the first American female astronaut and a committed scientist to gender equity.

Frank Kameny: From Astronomer to Activist for LGBTQIA+ Rights

In the sixth article of the CTAO’s “Building from Diversity” series, Eugenia Gatti (CTAO HR Specialist and member of the CTAO Gender Equality Plan Group) gives us a glimpse into the life of Frank Kameny, who was banned from working as an astronomer due to discriminatory anti-homosexuality policies in the 1950’s. Nonetheless, even though his scientific career was cut short, Kameny became a notable activist who helped pave the way to the LGBTQIA+ rights we have today.

The CTAO Publishes its Gender Equality Plan

On 17 June, the CTAO gGmbH published its Gender Equality Plan (GEP), which implements actions within the CTAO to reduce gender inequalities and to enhance diversity regarding sex, gender, age, culture, different physical and mental capacities and multilingualism, among others. The document includes an evaluation of existing initiatives and policies, as well as an analysis of an anonymous survey that gathered CTAO employees’ opinions on gender, inclusion and discrimination. Based on these results and sex/gender-disaggregated available data, an action plan was created with measures to achieve various inclusive goals that affect all departments.

Finding the First Pulsar in the Armagh Planetarium with Jocelyn Bell

In 1967, Jocelyn Bell discovered the first radio pulsar, changing the history of astronomy forever. In the first article of the CTA’s “Building from Diversity” series, Michael Burton (Director of the Armagh Observatory and Planetarium) shares a little-known story: how Jocelyn Bell found the constellation that hosted her great discovery by looking up into a planetarium dome.