Historic research cruise sailed with first all-women science team

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As Chief Scientist Angela Klemmedson checked her team’s roster for this summer’s research cruise of the California Current, she realized they had something in common: every scientist sailing was a woman.The July cruise marked the first time in its 71-year history that the California Cooperative Oceanic Fisheries Investigations, known as CalCOFI, included an all-female science party.It also happened to coincide with the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in the United States. And it took place aboard the naval research vessel R/V Sally Ride, named in honor of the first female American astronaut. In addition, the ship’s crew included a female third mate, boatswain, and two able-bodied crewmembers.

Members of the all women CalCOFI research team deploy equipment and working in labs aboard the Naval research vessel R/V Sally Ride.(Photo by Angela Klemmedson)

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“I’m really happy that CalCOFI has now reached that milestone,” said Klemmedson, 29. “It’s been moving in that direction over the ages. Oceanography has always been such an old man thing, and it’s really cool now that we’re including more female scientists. It’s empowering, and I was really happy about that.”The fact …

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