When people think of astronomers, several names come to mind: Isaac Newton, Galileo Galilei, or Carl Sagan — all white men. But throughout history, women and other people of color have made huge contributions to our understanding of the cosmos.
Astronomy contributor Jean Creighton says that highlighting that diversity in the field is necessary for both kids and adults.
“It’s so important to break those barriers, no matter who you are, no matter what you do, so that the stereotypes that people put in their heads are set aside,” says Creighton.
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