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“My career is based on enthusiasm, determination, hard work and luck.” – Anna Amtmann

June 30, 2009

I’m usually far more interested in planet research than plant research, but when I heard that a woman from my alma mater, the University of York, had a blurb in the June 2009 edition of GARNet newsletter, GARNish, about a women in science project she was running, I had to take a look. As part…

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“Wine is the most civilized thing in the world.” – Ernest Hemingway

June 19, 2009

My generation spawned many things, including the birth of ‘ladette’ culture. Despite the stereotypical image of young British women downing pints, I still associate wine with a woman’s drink. You can imagine my surprise at being the only woman in the room when I joined my other half for a wine tasting a few weeks…

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“First of all, I have always dreamt of being an astronaut, even if this might be obvious.” – Luca Parmitano

May 29, 2009

Anyone that follows me on Twitter will have been inundated with tweets last week when the ESA finally revealed their 6 new astronauts. The varied group consists of 2 Italians, 1 German, 1 Danish, 1 French and the one I was waiting for – 1 British. There was thankfully one woman in the group, the…

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“Career women should be honoured […] they are often trying to manage a household and raise a family at the same time.” – Mrs Moneypenny

May 17, 2009

It’s been another busy week for London women, although for once I wasn’t able to get into the thick of it as usual. It all happened on Tuesday, starting with Women Who Tech. One of the few teleconferences I know of it’s kind, it’s essentially a series of webinars so that participants can dial in…

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“Girls aren’t really encouraged to see gaming as a viable hobby as a kid…” – Felicia Day

May 7, 2009

Sci-Fi isn’t the only thing to retain the negative connotations of uber-geekiness. Gaming takes a close second place, with most people holding the stereotypical image of teenage boys immersed in Dungeons & Dragons for hours on end. The experience for female gamers can be a difficult one, with enough discrimination to make many of them…

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“I wish people spent as much time planning when to get pregnant […] as they do planning their next vacation.” – Sarah Brown

April 12, 2009

Twitter is one of those odd social networking sites. Everyone’s heard of it, only some people understand it, and an even smaller subset use it. Some celebrities stay as far away as possible (e.g. David Tennant/Catherine Tate/John Barrowman on Radio 2 yesterday in the build-up to the new Doctor Who episode all happily exclaimed that…

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“My life is good because I am not passive about it. I want to nourish what is real, and I want to do it without wasting time.” – Gwyneth Paltrow

April 11, 2009

I was looking at The Next Women the other day, and found an unlikely heroine Female Hero of the Month listed in their sidebar: Gwyneth Paltrow. Before I continue, let me make it clear that I abhor most of modern day celebrity culture. I dislike paparazzi, the havoc they create, the media that takes advantage…

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