This morning at a graphics meeting for a new project I’m a part of, I learned that my friends have met the person behind the tweets for the @MarsCuriosity rover. She’s a girl!
I can’t tell you all the feels I had in that moment. I was so happy, first of all. The voice of the biggest thing in space exploration right now, maybe in all of science, is a female voice. And then I realized that I had unconsciously been reading all those tweets with a male voice in my head. The socialized brainwashings of ‘science is a boy thing’ and ‘male is the default gender’ are buried deep in my head no matter how much I try and root that shit out.
(A friend of mine who is in the know tells me that there’s actually a really large number of women in the space PR/marketing fields. Also nearly half of the archivists, staff, and curators at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum are women.)
I love that Twitter account. I’m really excited for the Mars landing. I’m sending my girl Curiosity all the best wishes for a smooth arrival and happy science-ing!
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