Women Wednesday #48
Posted on 27 September 2017
NEON MOON'S WOMEN WEDNESDAY
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(Steven Seipel / NASA)
For as long as physicist K. Renee Horton can remember, she has wanted to be a scientist. Horton is the Lead Metallic and Weld Engineer for the Space Launch System (SLS) at NASA’s Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans, LA. Designed to enable deep-space exploration, the SLS will be the largest, most powerful rocket ever built. “My job is to make sure that the welds and anything metal on the [SLS] rocket are good after we’ve built and put it together,” she says. “I am the person who oversees the requirements that deal with metals and welds.” As a black woman in STEM and one of the self-described “SLS boots on the ground,” Horton and her work at NASA — though unlikely to make headlines directly — will be instrumental in sending the first human beings to Mars. Factor in that she’s also a bald, hard-of-hearing, former college dropout and mother of three, and Horton breaks every fusty mold of the white male scientist stereotype. Reach for the stars Renee!
(Jawad Jalali / EPA)
In May, the first issue of Gellara, Afghanistan’s first women’s lifestyle magazine, hit the newsstands. “Until now, the media mostly focused on women facing violence, baad[compensating for a crime by giving a woman away in marriage], and women who had their faces cut,” says Fatana Hassanzada, 23, the magazine’s founder and editor. “We want to portray other faces of women.” Gellara addresses Afghan women as consumers of fashion and culture, as book readers and as love seekers. “As human beings,” says Hassanzada. The cover of the first monthly issue, 2,000 copies of which were printed at offices in Kabul, features Canadian-Afghan singer Mozhdah Jamalzadah, her hair unveiled. Inside, articles on breast cancer and yoga follow pieces on Iranian film and beauty. “We want to show that a woman can have a pretty face and be well dressed. We are trying to teach society not to be shocked by these things,” says content editor Aziza Karimi. This magazine will work wonders for the women of Afghanistan, we can’t wait to see how it grows.
(Murad Sezer / Reuters)
Hundreds of Turkish women took to the streets of Istanbul to protest the abuse women face from men demanding that they dress more conservatively. The “Don't Mess With My Outfit” march was organized in response to the increasing number of verbal and physical attacks against women for their choice of clothing. In addition to protest signs, women carried denim shorts on hangers as an example of the type of clothing that some men have deemed unacceptable. The march was also joined by members of the LGBT community; authorities banned Istanbul’s Pride March in June. As they marched, the crowd chanted: "We will not obey, be silenced, be afraid. We will win through resistance." While Istanbul has long been a relatively liberal city, critics say that President Tayyip Erdogan's conservative and increasingly repressive policies are having a chilling effect on women's rights. Several highly publicized attacks in recent months prompted the protest, including an incident in June when a young woman was attacked on a bus for wearing shorts. The marchers sent a strong message that they are unwilling to let their hard-fought rights be eroded by intimidation or violence. As one young woman told Reuters: "We will not remain silent and we don't want to stop. We want to put an end to these incidents. Therefore, I call on all women to take to the streets." Kudos to these courageous women for taking a stand!
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