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Screen Shot 2019-02-28 at 9.47.46 AMIn this interview to highlight the International Day of Women and Girls in ScienceKarin Nilsdotter, CEO of Spaceport Sweden, now living in Singapore, says that STEM awareness “penetrates everything from how we describe a course to a role, policies and recruitment, how we communicate and not least what images we show. If we want to inspire girls to become astronauts, engineers, entrepreneurs, business leaders or presidents, we must also show and connect them with mentors and female role models.”



Ghina M. Halabi will speak at the UN/Jordan Workshop: Global Partnership in Space Exploration and Innovation March 25-28 in Amman. The event is co-organized by UNOOSA.

Her presentation, Power of the Spoken Word: How Stories Can Shape Realities, on Earth and in Space, will address how storytelling effects change. She will tell her own story as a woman who was the first person to obtain a Ph.D. in astrophysics from a Lebanese university, and how her past experiences continue to inspire her journey in gender advocacy.

She continues to publish She Speaks Science, an online platform that uses storytelling to make science accessible and to promote the visibility of women in STEM. She invites women to contribute stories about their research, issues in STEM, and ways to further S4W goals.

Contact her at contact@ghina.co.uk if there’s a topic you’d like to write about.



“I never stopped ever since I was introduced to the Space for Women project,” Basuti Bolo says; her planned activities for March demonstrate her commitment and determination:

  • She will give a public lecture about the Space for Women project at the Botswana Astronomical Society.
  • Her abstract on Space Education for Women and Girls: A Sustainable Tool for Space Exploration and Innovation has been accepted for presentation at the United Nations/Jordan Workshop: Global Partnership in Space Exploration and Innovation, March 25-28, 2019, in Amman, Jordan.
  • She is on track to submit her Ph.D. thesis in Information Systems, specializing in geospatial information technology, later this month at Botswana International University of Science & Technology.



Jan Millsapps‘ documentary, Madame Mars: Women and the Quest for Worlds Beyond, received the first prize award for a professional documentary at the January 26 Raw Science Film Festival in Los Angeles. The festival, now in its 5thyear, honors film and other media addressing issues in science and technology, and is a qualifying festival for the Academy Awards.

Madame Mars will also be screened in March at the American Documentary Film Festival in Palm Springs, at the Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival, and will be broadcast on KQED on March 22.

Sara Langston


In January 2019, Dr. Sara Langston joined the faculty at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University as Assistant Professor of Spaceflight Operations, where she will teach courses in space law, policy and ethics. In addition to her J.D. degree, she holds an L.L.M. in Air and Space Law and a Ph.D. in the History and Philosophy of Science.

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A  video of last October’s women’s panels during Word Space Week has been released by Timi Aganaba. Produced at Arizona State University, the video includes summaries of coordinated events in Seattle, San Francisco/Oakland, New York and Washington, DC, and was co-sponsored by Space 4 Women and Ladies Do Launch.

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