International Women’s Day 2021

Happy International Women’s Day!

The theme of World Space Week (4-10 October) this year will be “Women in Space”.

The Women in Space Chapter (WiSC) ( celebrates with a new webpage ( highlighting members contributing to the Australian space sector. WiSC members are professionally engaged in space science, engineering, medicine, communication, law, business, education, governance and advocacy. Check our new website regularly for new profiles and updates on our members’ professional achievements. In the next rotation of the website, we will be introducing WiSC members who work in space health/medicine/psychology.

Did you know that the United Nations has a “Space4Women” website? This excellent website a number of interesting sub-pages, including the “Space4Women Network”, and links to a variety of other organisations representing women in aerospace.

Today I would like to pay a special tribute to the women who inspired and supported me in the formative years of my life – my mother Grace, maternal grandmother Anna, great-aunt Rosa, and my aunt Mavis. All of these women were extraordinary in their own way, and taught me that there is almost no problem that can’t be solved through the application of ‘brainstorming’ and creativity.

My mother Grace and my Grandmother Anna were incredibly talented and creative crafters. Grace made her own dress in the top picture and both of my ballet costumes pictured here. One of my grandma Anna’s specialties was making felt versions of Australian fauna for her grandchildren, such as the one I am holding in the picture above. Sadly my grandma died of cancer when I was only seven, but who would ever have thought that the sewing skills learned from my mother would be put to good use making cloth face masks during a global pandemic!

Published by the ad astra vita project

The "ad astra vita" project aims to develop a collaborative compendium of Australians (and international colleagues) active and/or interested in the space life sciences, provide information and resources relevant to space and medicine in austere and extreme environments, and to provide a consultancy outlet for Australians keen to get more involved in space life sciences activities and projects.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: