Intsitute: Centro de Radioastronomia y Astrofisica, UNAM
|Morelia, Michoacan, Mexico|
|Job Title: Professor of Astronomy|
She is an Astronomer: How many years since you got your maximum academic degree?
Yolanda Gomez: 18 years.
SIAA: Do you feel that it was more difficult for you to get a job or a promotion in comparison with male astronomers?
YG: No, at that moment when I got my job it was not difficult.
SIAA: Are women under-represented in your institution?
YG: We are about 30% women in the center where I work (CRyA-UNAM).
SIAA: What's your family status?
YG: Married. I live with my husband and two children.
SIAA: Have you had career breaks?
YG: Only when my son was born. I was a student so I took a six months break.
SIAA: How many hours per day do you normally dedicate to work?
YG: About 8 hours per day and some times I work on weekends.
SIAA: What would most help you advance your career?
YG: I really love my research in astronomy. I also have a husband who supports me.
SIAA: What recommendation would you make to young women starting their career in astronomy?
YG: To do what they like the most.