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May 2015

Astronauts, Inspirational women

Inspirational Google Doodles Remember Sally Ride, The First American Woman In Space

26 May, 2015

One of Today’s Google Doodles Celebrating Sally Ride, the First American Woman In Space

Today’s Google doodles celebrate what would’ve been the 64th birthday of Sally Ride, the first American woman in space. Throughout her career at NASA Sally  informed major space policy decisions by being a presidential panel member of the 2009 Review of United States Human Spaceflight Plans Committee. This was an independent review of US Human Spaceflight Policy and resulted in fundamental changes made to the US space program. Sally Ride was a strong supporter of women’s education in science and engineering, co-founding Sally Ride Science, a science education company that creates entertaining science programs for 4-8th grade students, specifically focusing on girls and minority students.

Sally devoted her life to science and inspiring others to explore the wonders of STEM. Said in her own words, “Everywhere I go I meet girls and boys who want to be astronauts and explore space, or they love the ocean and want to be oceanographers, or they love animals and want to be zoologists, or they love designing things and want to be engineers. I want to see those same stars in their eyes in 10 years and know they are on their way!”

“Maybe her Doodle will motivate some girl or boy somewhere in the world to become a scientist and adventurer just like Sally.” – Tam O’Shaughnessy—life partner of astronaut Sally Ride, and co-founder & CEO of Sally Ride Science.

Today’s inspirational Google Doodles are below:

Google Doodle To Celebrate Sally Ride’s 64th Birthday

Google Doodle To Celebrate Sally Ride’s 64th Birthday

Google Doodle To Celebrate Sally Ride’s 64th Birthday

Google Doodle To Celebrate Sally Ride’s 64th Birthday


Rocket Women Featured In King’s College London’s Alumni Magazine

12 May, 2015

Vinita Marwaha Madill Featured In King’s College London’s In Touch Magazine

London (UK) is the centre of technology, business, finance and also physics, thanks to my alma mater King’s College London (University of London). The university where I completed my Bachelors degree in Mathematics & Physics with Astrophysics, kindly featured Rocket Women in articles on both their online alumni website and in the alumni In Touch print magazine (above). I’ve also been lucky enough to go back to give a lecture to the King’s College London Physics department faculty and students on Future Human Spaceflight Training and Operations at Cumberland Lodge during their annual mentoring event.

Vinita Marwaha Madill giving a lecture to King’s College London Physics department faculty and students on Future Human Spaceflight Training & Operations

A story with the full interview is featured in an article on the King’s College London website: One Small Step For Womankind.

Here’s the text of the shorter In Touch magazine article in the image above:

She hasn’t travelled into space yet, but Vinita Marwaha Madill (Mathematics and Physics with Astrophysics, 2008) wants to make sure there will be women astronauts in the decades to come. “I’ve always been interested in space, and it’s been a passion of mine from a young age,” she says. “I told my physics teacher when I started secondary school in Year 7 that I wanted to do physics at university.” While she has worked for the European Space Agency and currently serves on the leadership team for the Space Generation Advisory Council, an NGO that links university students and young professionals on space policy issues, for now she’s very much on the ground. She works for a Canadian company that’s developing smart road technology through an intelligent traffic light system that can track all vehicles in a city and predict which routes they’re likely to follow.

Following her studies at King’s, Madill earned a master’s in Astronautics and Space Engineering at Cranfield University and a second master’s in Space Management from the International Space University in Strasbourg. “During my time at King’s and the rest of my education, then working at the European Space Agency and the German agency, I met some amazing people – especially other positive female role models,” she says. Her mission & passion is to inspire other women to become involved in the space industry, while at the same time making positive role models more visible to  girls from a young age. Her website Rocket Women ( is dedicated  to encouraging teenage girls and young women to pursue careers in the space industry, and she regularly speaks at schools. This advocacy prompted the magazine ELLE India to feature her in its recent ‘Geek’ issue, alongside a variety of other inspiring female role models. “You really need those role models out there and visible to be able to inspire the next generation of young girls to become an astronaut, or be whatever they want to be.”


It Was Never A Dress

4 May, 2015

Axosoft’s “It Was Never A Dress” Campaign [Axosoft]

Is it a dress or is it really a cape? A fantastic new campaign by Axosoft, an agile project management company, with the tagline #ItWasNeverADress aims to “shift perceptions and assumptions about women,” according to their website. Launched at Girls In Tech’s Catalyst conference, the campaign will bring together stories and images from around the world to “foster necessary conversations, vital voices, and that honor ALL women”, striving to create an important dialogue around women in underrepresented fields, including tech and science. Women truly are superheroes!

Learn more about the campaign here on it’s website.