Inspirational women

Meet A Rocket Woman: Dr. Chiara Manfletti Head of Policy and Programs Coordination Department at The European Space Agency (ESA) and (formerly) the first president of the Portuguese Space Agency

by Sue Kaur  “Find strength in you to counteract everything negative that pulls you down, and go forward.” Prologue: I first met Chiara Manfletti on the 5th of September, 2019, during the opening ceremony of the Master of Space Studies 2020 (MSS20) program at the International Space University in Strasbourg, France. Chiara, an alumna of …

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Meet A Rocket Woman: Dr. Ryan Watkins, Research Scientist, Planetary Science Institute & Consultant, Blue Origin

In her own words, Dr Ryan Watkins has never let anyone tell her to dream smaller. As a Research Scientist, Consultant to Blue Origin’s Blue Moon program and an advocate for mothers in science, she is an inspiration to the next generation and a leading figure in working to get humans back to the Moon. Ryan talked …

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Meet A Rocket Woman: Dr. Sian Proctor, Geoscientist, Analogue Astronaut & Science Communicator

Dr Sian Proctor is an American explorer, an analogue astronaut, a Geoscientist and a science communicator. Dr. Proctor is a Geology, Sustainability and Planetary Science professor at South Mountain Community College. She was the education outreach officer for the first Hawai’i Space Exploration Analog and Simulation (HI-SEAS) Mission, a NASA funded analog mission for human spaceflight to Mars …

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Remembering Trailblazing Rocket Woman Katherine Johnson

At Rocket Women we’re saddened to hear of the passing of trailblazing Rocket Woman Katherine Johnson at 101-years-old on 24th February 2020. Katherine Johnson played a role in every major US space program, from Alan Shepard’s inaugural Mercury flight, making him the first American in space, to the Space Shuttle program. Katherine’s inspirational work for …

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Meet A Rocket Woman: Rushanka Amrutkar-Pate, PhD Candidate, IIT Bombay

Interview by Payton Barnwell (The Spaceship Company) Rocket women are not always those who launch rockets – they are women with the spirit of igniting the minds and the power to reach out to conquer their goals with persistent efforts. Rushanka is a PhD research scholar from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay with expertise …

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Olay Launches ‘Make Space For Women’ Super Bowl Ad

The Super Bowl is one of the biggest sporting events in the world. It’s iconic games have frequently been amongst the most watched television broadcasts in the United States, with Super Bowl commercials shown during the games reaching millions of viewers (Super Bowl 2019 viewing figures were a reported staggering 149 million!). Olay the skin …

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Kavya Manyapu working on the Boeing commercial crew Starliner vehicle [Credit: Kavya Manyapu / Boeing]

Meet A Rocket Woman: Kavya Manyapu, Flight Crew Operations and Test Engineer – CST-100 Starliner Spacecraft, The Boeing Company

Dr. Kavya K. Manyapu is truly a Rocket Woman. At The Boeing Company, she is focused on developing the next generation human-rated spacecraft – the CST-100 Starliner. Starliner is scheduled to launch astronauts to the International Space Station over the coming year through NASA’s Commercial Crew Program. As the Starliner Spacesuit Lead, Kavya designs and …

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NASA Astronauts Complete Historic First All-Woman Spacewalk

Soviet Cosmonaut Svetlana Savitskaya became the first woman to carry out a spacewalk on 25th July 1984, almost 35 years ago. Of the more than 500 people who have been to space, around 10% have been female, and until this week spacewalk teams have either been all-male or male-female, with 15 women having ever carried out a …

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Natalie Panek [Image credit: Natalia Dolan]

Meet A Rocket Woman: Natalie Panek, Mission Systems Engineer & Women in STEM Advocate

Natalie Panek is truly an inspiration. Along with being a trailblazing space engineer, Natalie is dedicated to inspire, empower and uplift young women in science & engineering. Natalie talked to Rocket Women about growing up in an environment that cultivated possibility, the importance of mentors to break down barriers, working on a Martian rover and her new …

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Speakers at the Empowering Women With Tech International Women's Day 2019 event . Pictured (L-R): Eve Roodhouse (Chief Officer Economic Development, Leeds City Council), Niamh McKenna (Managing Director Accenture Health UK), Natasha Sayce-Zelem (Founder, Empowering Women with Tech), Ana Jakimovska (Director of Product Management, The Guardian), Vinita Marwaha Madill (Founder, Rocket Women), Councillor Rebecca Charlwood (Leeds City Council) [David Lindsay/Empowering Women with Tech]

Rocket Women Celebrates International Women’s Day with Empowering Women with Tech

Rocket Women were honoured to celebrate International Women’s Day 2019 with Empowering Women With Tech. Rocket Women Founder Vinita Marwaha Madill participated in a series of Fireside Chats with truly inspirational women in tech, including Ana Jakimovska (The Guardian’s Director of Product Management), Niamh McKenna (Managing Director, Accenture Health UK), Milena Nikolic (Director of Software Engineering, Google), …

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