It’s For Girls Too

PHOTO PROMPT © Douglas M. MacIlroy

I smiled as I saw my grandfather waving at me from the observation deck as I approached.  It was he who ignited my desire to pursue Astronomy.  He used to bring me here to view the stars and galaxies through astronomical telescopes.  It was heavenly.     

When I was twelve, I asked him, “Grandpa, can girls grow up to be astronomers?”

He said to me, “Of course they can, Brittany.  Have you ever heard of Maria Mitchell?”

“No.”

“She was the first female astronomer and first American scientist to discover a comet.”

“Wow.”

“So, you see Astronomy is for girls too.”   

100 Words

This post is for the Friday’s Fictioneers hosted by  Rochelle Wisoff-Fields.  You can find this week’s prompt here. To read other stories or to participate, click here.

Sources: Wikipedia; National Women’s History Museum

27 comments

    • I didn’t know about her either until today. They named it “Miss Mitchell’s Comet.” She was awarded a gold medal from King Frederick VI of Denmark and became the first woman elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1848.

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  1. Inspirational story! It’s amazing what a mental barrier still exists inhibiting girls from careers in STEM. Incidentally, thinking of women astronomers you may also be interested in Caroline Lucretia Herschel who had a similarly distinguished career.

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    • Thanks, Penny. I was really hoping for it to be. And you’re so right. There are still mental barriers which are inhibiting girls, especially in certain parts of the world. On the bright side, it’s great to see them being encouraged to pursue careers in STEM. I’ll be sure to check out Caroline Lucretia Herschel. It’s nice to learn about these phenomenal women who have paved the way for so many.

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