Let me just start this article by saying that being a woman is not the easiest thing humans have known. We are constantly put into brackets of how we are ought to be behaving and looking. And this is when we stick to 'women's jobs'.
Dare you go for something more 'manly'. You see people dictating every move and judging every action.
So what do we do in such a situation? We wear sparkles and block all the negativity with the shimmer.
Cleaning out my closet, I came across this gown and remembered the little girls who sent me a letter and asked me to wear something sparkly for a talk I gave at NASA so they could believe that scientists could also be sparkly. pic.twitter.com/xOcZgkbiRg— Rita J. King (@RitaJKing) November 2, 2019
The woman you see in the picture above, is Rita J King, co-director of Manhattan-based consultancy firm Science House who defines herself as a 'writer, reader and a futurist' on Twitter.
She recently posted a picture of herself wearing the most shimmery dress she could find for a talk she gave at NASA.
This was back in 2011, when the organisers of the event told her about the rather unexpected request. A group of little girls had said that they want to see Rita in a shimmery dress.
Trying to make the point that women can be anything and wear anything, Rita honoured their request 'so they could believe that scientists could also be sparkly'.
This is so important. The idea that masculine is serious and feminine is frivolous limits the options girls see for themselves and their future lives. This shows them that they don't have to pick between their interests and their identities. Science is for everyone. Thank you!— katie kawaii (@katiekawaii) November 4, 2019
90% sparkly and 180% awesome.— badsynthesis (@badsynthesis) November 2, 2019
The universe is sparkly!— jasmine (@jasmineleek) November 2, 2019
My daughter is a sparkly scientist in the making, I love it. Chanel meets Hawking. pic.twitter.com/UFGCOPO2Bf— Esther (@Vikinggirl68) November 3, 2019
My daughter is obsessed with all things sparkly, and she also likes to use tools and tinker. I love that she can see women like you! 💕— Ashley Clark (@tankwasp) November 2, 2019