leave, assisting with childcare, assisting with spousal employment, and allowing delay of the tenure clock.22

CONCLUSION: The gender gap in astronomy has diminished significantly, although women still occupy only a small percentage of the most senior positions. Astronomy departments and the community as a whole need to continue work to promote gender equity at all levels.


The “Pasadena Recommendations” of the National “Women in Astronomy” meeting in 2003 were endorsed by the American Astronomical Society.

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