Yesterday Hadiza Mohammed from Women Rock Science gave a talk at my school. How women have been treated in scientific history is ridiculous. Some had their genders changed, others had male colleagues take credit for their work and far too many only got acknowledgement after they had died.
Flicking through my Physics textbook there is no mention of a single woman anywhere. The authors couldn’t include one woman who has contributed to Physics? There are so many, such as Jocelyn Bell Burnell, Rosalind Franklin, Helen Czerski and a simple Google search would bring up several others.
We are often told there are not enough women in STEM, but what is the point of having more when we are ignoring the ones that are already there.
Hello, its Hadiza here! I had soooo much fun talking at your school. You were all a brainy switched on bunch. If you want me to talk at your school tell your teachers and contact at email@example.com
I’ve never been female. But I have been black my whole life. I can perhaps offer some insight from that perspective. There are many similar social issues related to access to equal opportunity that we find in the black community, as well as the community of women in a white male dominate society…
When I look at — throughout my life — I’ve known that I wanted to do astrophysics since I was 9 years old…I got to see how the world around me reacted to my expressions of these ambitions. All I can say is, the fact that I wanted to be a scientist, an astrophysicist was hands down the path of most resistance through the forces of society.
Anytime I expressed this interest, teachers would say, ‘Oh, don’t you wanna be an athlete?’ I want to become someone that was outside of the paradigm of expectations of the people in power. Fortunately, my depth of interest of the universe was so deep and so fuel enriched that everyone of these curve balls that I was thrown, and fences built in front of me, and hills that I had to climb, I just reach for more fuel, and I just kept going.
Now, here I am, one of the most visible scientists in the land, and I wanna look behind me and say, ‘Where are the others who might have been this,’ and they’re not there! …I happened to survive and others did not simply because of forces of society that prevented it at every turn. At every turn.
…My life experience tells me that when you don’t find blacks, when you don’t find women in the sciences, I know that these forces are real, and I had to survive them in order to get where I am today.
So before we start talking about genetic differences, you gotta come up with a system where there’s equal opportunity, then we can have that conversation.
This must be the most beautiful DIY tutorial I have ever seen. And it so happens to be in style of this weekend. Found on Ulicam, a very nice blog by Ulrika Kestere, photographer and illustrator. For the whole tutorial and lot’s of inspiration, click here.
That’s one of traditional egg coloring in Lithuania :) We do that every year :D And you always get different shapes and color. It’s always fun to peel of the onion shells to see the pattern :)