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
Anonymous said: How come you draw yourself skinny and with long hair?
Because an artist can draw themselves however the fuck they want you dickwad
Help me prove a point
I have never reblogged anything faster.
there are a surprising amount of books that don’t even hold a candle to fanfic.
HARU’S PARENTS ARE SO BEAUTIFUL
ok but where have these two been for two whole seasons
#how obvious is it tho that haruka’s parents are pretty neglectful? #it’s not just that our protagonist’s parents haven’t shown up #but that they’ve been actively mentioned as absent #they’ve been called ‘free spirits’ who were implied to be only rarely home from their travels #over two school years and one summer in which we’ve seen inside haruka’s house many times #they’ve NEVER been home #plus I know a lot of people haven’t read High Speed but #Haruka mentioned that he went straight to the swim club after school because he didn’t like being home alone #he was in elementary school and his parents left him alone every single day #I mean he’s never seemed to have financial troubles or anything #but they’ve probably just been so emotionally absent his whole life#and I know he’s a fairly independent person #but I can’t help but question if he was just forced to be like that from an early age #and how much it’s stunted his emotional development and contributed to his depression in this past season #oh I made myself sad
im putting my tags here bc this is important
if you’re on the sun then sun dried tomatoes are just tomatoes
Wouldn’t they just be dried tomatoes, because they are still not normal tomatoes
i just googled this and turns out there aren’t any tomatoes on the sun so it looks like we’re both wrong but more importantly you’re wrong