Ahead of International Women’s Day we’ve been thinking about the women who inspire us and in doing so we realised that those we find inspiring come from so many different areas of our lives whether it’s our own female relatives, our boss, the Mum on the school playground or the female business leader on the conference stage they all represent something that perhaps we want to achieve ourselves, aspire to be or who we simply admire -
__But who do our Tech Returners find inspirational? - we spoke to Abbi and Emma who shared the women who inspire them. __
Agatha A Nitecka, is a photographer who co-founded RAN studio. She works as a still photographer on films sets, something which is known to be male dominated. Agatha said she still finds people asking for ‘the stills guy’ and she strongly believes in supporting upcoming female photographers
My favourite quote from her is ' share your contacts, encourage other women, support businesses that are female-led, and if you see potential in someone give them a chance”.
Agatha inspires me as I know through doing a media related degree, that it’s hard to gain experience and to get yourself into a male dominated industry. However with Agatha’s quotes and inspirational story I have made the jump to begin a new career in technology, which is a male dominated field, but not for long!
Emma - Professor Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell is my inspirational figure.
Professor Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell is my inspirational figure, she was recently awarded the Breakthrough Prize for the discovery of radio pulsars and has decided to donate her £2.3m winnings to fund women, under-represented ethnic minorities and refugee students to become physics researchers.
Prof Bell Burnell's story has been both an inspiration and motivation for many female scientists. As a research student when pulsars were discovered, she was not included in the Nobel prize citation - despite having been the first to observe and analyse the astronomical objects (a type of neutron star that emits a beam of radiation). Instead, her male collaborators received the Nobel prize for Physics in 1974.
I find her inspiring because she has been very diplomatic about the controversy surrounding the Nobel Prize and has continued to support and assist in diversifying the male dominated field of physics. She has said “I found pulsars because I was a minority person and feeling a bit overawed at Cambridge. I was both female but also from the north-west of the country and I think everybody else around me was southern English,"
"So I have this hunch that minority folk bring a fresh angle on things and that is often a very productive thing. In general, a lot of breakthroughs come from left field."