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Talk by Mary McIntyre

Throughout history astronomy has been very male dominated. Caroline Herschel is often listed as the first female astronomer, but there were countless women working in astronomy before Caroline. This talk tells their story and discusses some of the challenges women have faced historically and still face today.

Mary is an amateur astronomer and astronomy communicator based in Oxfordshire, UK. She is a keen astrophotographer but also loves creating and teaching astronomy sketching and art. She is passionate about astronomy outreach and was awarded the 2021 Sir Patrick Moore Prize by the BAA for her outreach activities. She has a very busy talks schedule, is a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society, is on the SPA council, and a member of the BAA. She is a regular contributor to Sky at Night Magazine and the Yearbook of Astronomy and has contributed chapters to several other books. She is also a co-presenter of the Comet Watch radio show and an occasional panel member on the Space Oddities live panel show.