Let’s celebrate the women of @ESA_Rosetta!! – much more important than ‘who’s his face’ and #shirtgate

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Today I posted that the European Space Agency’s landing of Philae on Comet 67P made science history. But, I was wrong. The Philae Lander and Rosetta Spacecraft Mission has made history for HUMANKIND!!! The Philae lander is a huge step forward for space technology and science! It is also just plain exciting!

One of the coolest parts about the ESA Rosetta Mission, is that the team of scientists and engineers in charge of the Comet Landing included WOMEN! Compare this to the team of NASA scientists and engineers that sent astronauts to the moon (JoAnn Hardin Morgan was the single woman engineer at NASA during Apollo 11). However, the Rosetta Mission is not the first time women have contributed to amazing things in space. Check out Beverly Wettenstein’s long list of incredible contributions women have made in space!

The ESA Rosetta Mission included at least four women who are listed as team members, but I would guess there are many more who contributed but are not listed!

It takes hundreds of people — machinists, engineers, scientists, and many others — to get a spacecraft from the planning stages to its destination in outer space. The people in this gallery represent just a few of the folks who make space exploration ideas a reality.

Let’s celebrate Claudia Alexander (U.S. Rosetta Project Scientist), Margaret Frerking (Co-I with MIRO instrument), Lori Feaga, (ALICE Co-I with University of Maryland), Marilia Samara (ScRI, EIS instrument), and the many other women who contributed to the Rosetta Mission. CauseScience applauds all of these women for their amazing success today, and over the last decade of the mission. These women are the best at what they do, and break down barriers for girls and women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math!! CONGRATS!!

Please inform CauseScience if you know other women that were part of ESA’s Rosetta Mission so we can add their names!

Add Professor Monica Grady to the list of Rosetta women!!

You may have read about shirtgate, and how Rosetta Project Scientist Matt Taylor has been ridiculed on twitter for his sexist and embarassing choice of clothing. While it is certainly important to draw attention to his harmful behavior, celebrating the amazing women that contributed to the history of HUMANKIND is much more important!!

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Girls (and Boys) can be inspired by Miss Possible doll line that includes Marie Curie! #science #contribute

curiedoll2Move over bimbo Barbie! A new Marie Curie doll will teach children that anyone can be successful in science, technology, and engineering. A new line of dolls, Miss Possible, has been developed by two engineering women, Suriya Hobbs and Janna Eaves (both women are 21!). The series will include childhood dolls of pioneering women in science, engineering, and technology that will teach children (with a focus on girls), that they can follow the paths of famous women from childhood to an innovative career (news article by Aisha Sultan at St. Louis Post-Dispatch).

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The first doll will be the childhood version of Marie Curie, the Nobel Prize-winning chemist and physicist whose research led to breakthroughs on radioactivity. The second in the production line would be Bessie Coleman, the first African-American female aviator and first American to hold an international pilot’s license. The third woman they’ve chosen in their doll line-up is Ada Lovelace, known as the world’s first computer programmer.

Check out the Miss Possible website at indiegogo, which includes tons of information on the doll line, as well as why there is a need for this kind of doll line. The website also has merchandise for sale and a link to contribute to make the Miss Possible doll line a reality! Do it!

While the above news article and Miss Possible website focus on the doll lines importance for inspiring girls, let’s use this opportunity to remember that 1. boys can and do play with dolls, and 2. these dolls can also teach boys that women can be successful in any field. So the Miss Possible doll line can inspire girls and boys, and teach them that anyone can be successful in STEM fields.