siaa_logo_blue Deborah Dultzin dultzin

Instituto de Astronomia, Unioversidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (UNAM)

Mexico D. F. MEXICO
Job Title: Professor


'She is an Astronomer': How long is it since you got your maximum academic degree?

Deborah Dultzin: 23 years.

SIAA: Do you feel it was more difficult for you to get a job or a promotion in comparison with male astronomers?

DD: It was not more difficult to get a job. To get promotions and tenure was definitely more diffcult and took much longer than the average for male colleagues.

SIAA: Are women under-represented in your institution?

DD: Not so much. Astronomy is quite particular as compared to physics and/or mathematics. There are about 35%.

SIAA: What is your family status?

DD: I have one son, one daughter, two grandchildren and a elderly mother.

SIAA: Have you had career breaks?

DD: Not officially, but I worked less while my children were small.

SIAA: How many hours per day do you normally dedicate to work?

DD: 8 on average.

SIAA: What would most help advance your career?

DD: I feel I am right now at the top of my career. What helped me most was:
1. My scientific training (my professors)
2. The support of a a few great women astronomers.

SIAA: What recommendations would you make to young women starting their career in astronomy?

DD: Do not try to be a man. Do not compare yourself. We are different. For GOOD in many respects. Our times (for prime productivity) are often different, particularly if you want kids. Enjoy your work, do not try to be temperate if you are emotional. Use your passion for work as well as for anything else in life.