“Não esperam ver uma mulher negra nesse papel”

Perto do aniversário de 100 anos da morte da sufragete Emily Davison, o Guardian perguntou a figuras proeminentes de diversas áreas: pelo que lutar, agora, no século 21? A sensacional resposta da cientista espacial Maggie Aderin-Pocock foi a seguinte:

One problem we need to tackle is the way society pigeonholes people according to their sex, creating real barriers to female aspiration. For instance, I’ve got a three-year-old daughter, and when I bought her a toy a little while ago – just a ball game – I was horrified to realise that the packaging described it as a boy’s toy. These stereotypes arise constantly, and although people sometimes say they have a biological basis, history refutes this. Seventy-five years ago it was considered really strange for a woman to become a doctor, and now around 50% of medical doctors are women. People often respond with surprise to the fact that I’m a space scientist – they’re not expecting to see a black woman in the role – and I’d like to see a time when those barriers didn’t exist, when girls believed they could do anything. I’ve long had an idea for an advert that would show two scenes in quick succession. A girl doing her physics homework being discouraged by her family, then shown 20 years later in a dead-end job. Followed by the same girl doing her homework, encouraged by her family, and shown, 20 years later, as the first person to walk on Mars.

 

James Jeans e o universo efêmero

In some way the material universe appears to be passing away like a tale that is told, dissolving into nothingness like a vision. The human race, whose intelligence dates back only a single tick of the astronomical clock, could hardly hope to understand so soon what it all means. Some day perhaps we shall know: at present we can only wonder.

James Jeans, The Stars in their Courses (1931), p. 117.