Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
“Women in nontraditional jobs earn 20% to 40% more than women in what are considered ‘traditional’ women’s jobs,” Lynn Shaw, president of the board of Women in Non Traditional Employment Roles, told the L.A. Times in an interview. “That’s $1 million over a lifetime.” And that’s why she and her colleagues worked to found Rosie the Riveter High School in Long Beach, California, with the goal of educating girls to participate in typically male-dominated trades.
Usually, when I write about teenaged girls or women in non-traditional occupations here, let alone both, I’m despairing for the future — but this is a pure feel-good story. Shaw, who worked as a miner, steelworker and longshoreman before earning a doctorate in electrical engineering, “got tired of being the only woman on the job” and set about fixing that. Now, the two-year-old charter school she helped create trains about 50 students — boys and girls — “for careers as welders, plumbers, carpenters, electricians,” as well as for college and other professions. One student interviewed says he wants to be a writer and another says she’s planning to become a pediatrician, but senior Alaina Servin, who’s given up on being a teacher in favor of working at an oil refinery, demonstrates that Rosie the Riveter High is fulfilling its purpose: helping girls see vocational opportunities they might not have considered and think, “We can do it!”
Kate Harding is the co-author of "Lessons From the Fatosphere: Quit Dieting and Declare a Truce With Your Body" and has been a regular contributor to Salon's Broadsheet.More Kate Harding.
NASA astronaut Mike Hopkins
On December 28, 2013, Expedition 38 crew member Mike Hopkins participating in the second of two space walks to replace a degraded pump module on the International Space Station. (NASA astronaut Rick Mastracchio is reflected in his helmet!)
The Soyuz TMA-10M
The Soyuz TMA-10M headed towards the International Space Station with crew members from Expedition 37 onboard.
40 years ago the Apollo 8 mission flew up to the moon, orbited it ten times and then returned to Earth. This picture was taken from that flight and shows the Earth as it seemingly rises in similar fashion to a sunrise.
Sunrise from Expedition 36
NASA Flight Engineer Karen L. Nyberg of Expedition 36 took this photo of the sun rising -- a sight they saw nearly 16 times per day due to the speed of the International Space Station's orbit around the earth.
A pair of NanoRacks CubeSats -- nanosattelite spacecrafts carrying experiments -- were launched by Expedition 38.