Saideh Browne is a women's empowerment activist and President of the National Council of Women of America; a think-tank of keynote speakers and experts. She is frequently hired by corporations, universities, and organizations to give talks on the intersectionality of race, class, and the global grind for gender diversity; as well as other tools and specialized solutions based on the framework of the United Nations’ Global Goals Initiative.

The Women Transforming Astrophysics

The Glass Universe

In the 1880s, opportunities for women in science were almost non-existent, and astronomy was dominated by men since humans first started looking to the stars. And then, a huge change came to the Harvard College Observatory. Led by director Edward Pickering, the observatory turned its attention from analyzing the positions of celestial objects toward what figuring out what the stars were made of. Aided by a collection of women scientists, known as "computers," the Harvard College Observatory made some of the most important discoveries of its time.

These women and their work are the subject of New York Times bestseller Dava Sobel's latest book, The Glass Universe ($15 / Viking). Working tirelessly to analyze the glass plates depicting our universe, created by the then-budding field of photography and spectroscopy, women revealed the size of the Milky Way and created a stellar classification system that's still in use today.
As Sobel explains, this period from the 1880s to the 1950s created modern astrophysics. 

We spoke with Sobel about her latest book, which debuts today.

CONVERSATION

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