At Rocket Women, we're driven by this powerful thought

What would the world look like if every girl had the chance to reach their potential and change the world through STEM?

Rocket Women aims to provide inspirational women globally with a platform to spread their advice and ensure that their voices are heard. By featuring stories of successful women in STEM, we want Rocket Women to give young women and girls globally the realisation that they can be astronauts, scientists and engineers or whatever they aim to be.

We’re interviewing women around the world in STEM, particularly in space, and posting the interviews on Rocket Women, along with advice and resources to show the next generation the impact they can make with a career in STEM.

Our goal is to empower young women to choose a career in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths) and achieve their dreams, so that we can improve the current percentage of female engineering talent.

In 2016, just 23% of science and technology workers in Canada were women. According to Statistics Canada, women currently make up just 19% of students studying engineering in Canada.

In the UK, only 12% of the engineering workforce is female and according to recent research from the Royal Academy of Engineering, only 7.8% of engineering professionals are from BAME (Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic) backgrounds, compared to 12% of the UK population.

Rocket Women believes that the lack of gender and racial diversity in STEM industries, including the space sector, is not only an issue of inequality, but affects the engineering that we do and the systems we create. We need to enable engineering as a profession to reflect more of society to prevent unconscious biases from being implemented into design. Now, more than ever, we need 100% of the talent available to solve the really hard problems we’re facing in the world.

Rocket Women aims not only to provide inspiration, but create a supportive community of women in space and related industries through our online platforms and regular public outreach events in the UK, Europe and Canada – including science festivals, engineering industry events, classroom-focused projects in collaboration with schools, in addition to providing teacher training workshops and space-focused educational resource development.

Our team

Vinita Marwaha Madill Featured in the This is Engineering Campaign Photo: Harry Parvin, Copyright: This Is Engineering, Royal Academy of Engineering (Creative Commons)

Vinita Marwaha-Madill

Founder

Vinita is a strong advocate for women in STEM, with a drive to inspire the next generation. She’s passionate about human spaceflight and exploration and was recently based as a contractor at the European Space Agency (ESA) working on future human spaceflight projects as a Space Operations Engineer. Vinita presently works as a Project Manager at a Canadian space company focused on robotics and lunar operations. Rocket Women was founded by Vinita in 2012.

Priya Patel, Social Media Manager and Contributor, Rocket Women

Priya Patel

Communications Team Lead and Contributor

Priya is a British-Indian space scientist with experience working at the European Space Agency (ESA) as a Systems Engineer trainee on the upcoming gravitational waves detecting mission, Laser Interferometry Space Antenna (LISA). Priya is passionate about STEM advocacy; through Rocket Women, she looks forward to inspiring talented individuals to join our world of space exploration.

Sarah Blyde

Sarah Blyde

Communications Team Lead Contributor

Sarah is an engineer from New Zealand completing her Masters of Space Studies at the International Space University in Strasbourg, France. She completed a Bachelor of Engineering and Bachelor of Commerce at the University of Auckland. Upon graduation, she moved to Western Australia where she worked as a petroleum engineer for three years before deciding to pursue her passion in space. 

Katarina Eriksson, Designer, Märka Design

Katarina Erikson

Owner & Designer, Märka Design

Katarina has worked on a number of projects related to space and design, from graphic design to being involved with the ISU Space Studies Program and the space architecture courses at Lund University and Design School Kolding (DK), as well as facilitating space design workshops. 

Katarina and Märka Design have created our fantastic new logo and our stunning apparel designs, with each purchase of our apparel supporting Rocket Women’s scholarship for women in science and engineering.