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In honor of LGBTQ Month, I put together this Story Map celebrating the history of Gay Pride in the U.S. It includes a map of some of the larger Pride events all over the world, so check it out! 


LUNAFEST Film Festival is THIS FRIDAY! Short films by, for, and about women.


For the seventh year in a row, LUNAFEST is coming to Redlands. This traveling fundraising film festival is dedicated to promoting awareness about women’s issues, highlighting women filmmakers, and bringing women together in their communities. Proceeds from LUNAFEST will benefit the missions’ of Zonta Club of Redlands and AAUW Redlands Branch.


Don’t miss this awesome opportunity to celebrate women and support our community!


Where: Esri Auditorium (Redlands)

When: Friday, April 12th

5:45pm - reception in Esri Café

7:00pm - movies begin in the auditorium

Tickets: $35 (donations are welcome)


Check out more information and purchase tickets here: 

This week is the American Association of Geographers (AAG) annual meeting in Washington D.C, and this year, of all years, I wish so much that I was attending. My mom, Dr. Jody Emel, retired from her long career as a professor of geography at Clark University in 2018, and this year she is being honored with two sessions dedicated to her work:


The Eclectic Environmental Geographies of Jody Emel I and 

The Eclectic Geographies of Jody Emel II 


Growing up in the home of a brilliant geographer/feminist/activist/environmentalist/animalist/hydrologist was incredibly fulfilling and never boring. Our house was filled with books on women, industrial farming, indigenous histories, mining, water rights, and so much more. All of my values come from my mother. When I was a graduate student at Clark University, I was even honored to write a chapter in her book, Political Ecologies of Meat. I wish I could be there to see her graduate students talk about her eclectic (and maybe a bit eccentric?) career in geography. Here's a photo of my mum when she was at Clark U, with our old dog Mindy:



Another huge bonus of the AAG this year is the session called Women in Geography, Building Leaders for Tomorrow - Esri's own Dawn Wright will be one of the incredibly talented panelists, and one of my old professors Dr. Hamil Pearsal will be a discussant. It's bound to be an amazing session.


So if you're going to the AAG this year, make sure you hit up these sessions, and take pictures! If you can, post them here for a deprived woman in need of AAG vibes. 

March is Women's History Month in the US, meant to honor the long history of women's contributions to social, technical, and cultural progress in this country, and to recognize the struggles women have faced along the way. Take a look at some of the links below, and celebrate in your office, school or home.


Articles, references and Story Maps to check out:

How to celebrate:


There's still work to do

While it is empowering to be recognized, there is still a lot of work to do for gender equality in the US and around the world:


Let's keep lifting each other up, asking for more and making waves in the world!

The Esri Developer Summit is right around the corner, and women of geospatial sciences will be there!  


DevSummit officially begins March 5 at the Palm Springs convention center in sunny Southern California, and Esri's internal Women's Empowerment, Career Advancement and Networking group, WeCan, is hosting a Women's Idea Exchange for women in development at the conference.   


Join us on March 6 from 2-3 pm and hear what other women are working on, and maybe even share your own work with the community.  


Also, be sure to stop by the Women in GIS (WiGIS) booth. WeCan partners with WiGIS for events, webinars and meetups, so make sure you go say hello.  See you in Palm Springs! 

Happy International Day of Women and Girls in Science!

This year's theme as developed by the UN is Investment in Women and Girls in Science for Inclusive Green Growth:

“Science and gender equality are both vital for the achievement of the internationally agreed development goals, including the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Over the past 15 years, the global community has made a lot of effort in inspiring and engaging women and girls in science. Yet women and girls continue to be excluded from participating fully in science.”

The full message is inspirational – read it here:

We hear that in order to encourage women and girls to pursue scientific careers, we should showcase the amazing women that are in the field now. That’s why I’m excited that Esri Press is releasing the new Women in GIS book this quarter, with 23 stories about how “ordinary girls with very different passions have become extraordinary women and made significant contributions to our world.” One of my favorite people -- talented writer Candace Hogan -- helped put these stories together, including one from Esri’s coordinate systems expert Margaret Maher (author of Lining Up Data in ArcGIS: a Guide to Map Projections). You can read more about the book here: