This week, India became the first Asian nation to reach Mars when its orbiter entered the planet’s orbit on Wednesday — and this is the picture that was seen around the world to mark this historic event. It shows a group of female scientists at the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) congratulating one another on the mission’s success.
The picture was widely shared on Twitter where Egyptian journalist and women’s rights activist Mona El-Tahawy tweeted: “Love this pic so much. When was the last time u saw women scientists celebrate space mission?”
In most mission room photos of historic space events or in films about space, women are rarely seen, making this photo both compelling and unique. Of course, ISRO, like many technical agencies, has far to go in terms of achieving gender balance in their workforce. As Rhitu Chatterjee of PRI’s The World observed in an op-ed, only 10 percent of ISRO’s engineers are female.
This fact, however, Chatterjee writes, is “why this new photograph of ISRO’s women scientists is invaluable. It shatters stereotypes about space research and Indian women. It forces society to acknowledge and appreciate the accomplishments of female scientists. And for little girls and young women seeing the picture, I hope it will broaden their horizons, giving them more options for what they can pursue and achieve.”
To read Chatterjee’s op-ed on The World, visit http://bit.ly/1u3fvGZ
Photo credit: Manjunath Kiran/AFP/Getty Images
Máster Diseño Gráfico 2012-13. Proyecto personal de Sara Maese incluido en la Entrega Final de Máster: serie de carteles Studio Ghibli-Hayao Miyazaki (1984-2008). Incluye:
- Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1984).
- Laputa: Castle in the Sky (1986).
- My Neighbor Totoro (1988).
- Kiki´s Delivery Service (1989).
- Porco Rosso (1992).
- Princess Mononoke (1997).
- Spirited Away (2001).
- Howl´s Moving Castle (2004).
- Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea (2008).
"It’s death by a thousand cuts. Every day you’re faced with some comment, some snide remark, some inability to get a name on a research paper. And with an accumulation of those experiences, women tend to walk with their feet."
Someone at a conference asked me why I was an engineer. When I started answering, he interrupted and said “No, you’re too pretty to be an engineer. You should be working at Victoria’s Secret.”
Are you fucking kidding me
I’m not an engineer, I didn’t choose science as a field of study (although Architecture isn’t completely out of that field), but at least 80% of my class was female and we had to constantly hear from our male professors how that was a bad thing and some of them even said that they didn’t want to teach anymore because of that. One of the most respected professors said that it was ridiculous and disgusting. “Architecture is now a profession for girls…that’s ridiculous”. And the worst part of it all is that they made some girls feel guilty.
OH MY GOD
…I’m not touching that pizza…
perfect gif usage
I can’t stop laughing