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
this is excellent
So wait, Laika used same-sex couples in their trailers but not in the actual movie?
That’s… not cool.
And almost like they were using the the progressive rep they’d earned from a single joke in ParaNorman to promote their next movie without any…
I kind of came out of Box Trolls trying to justify the transsexism in it by saying things like ‘well he wasn’t identifying as a woman it was just a cover’ and then I read an article explaining why even that was a problematic thing (and the ‘I regret so many things’ line was so incredibly unnecessary) and the more I think about it the more I’m kind of -why- on Laika’s rep as being LGBTQA friendly
Paranorman made the gay man a punchline to smack down the teenage girl and then this two fathers thing wasn’t even remotely a same sex couple, just two male-identified people who had both had a hand in raising the same boy.
And I think it says something about our dire need for representation that things like this can get away with being heralded as a step forward - although to be fair, most of the people I’ve seen doing so are straight allies. Making us the punchlines isn’t paving the way to acceptance, it’s just doing exactly what most forms of media have done to queer people and labelling us as ‘other’.