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Dana Scully and Olivia Benson

2 May

I am currently brainstorming an article about how Dana Scully from the X-Files was an inspiration for me (to be a scientist and a strong, intelligent woman). I have been doing some background reading of blog posts, webpages and a thesis on Scully, what she represented and how she inspired countless young female X-Files fans. Scully and the X-Files were big topics for online fan forums.

I too am a great fan of Detective Olivia Benson from Law and Order – Special Victims Unit. This strong female character also had a great influence on me (although it was less career focused and more a realisation of my sexuality (my fascination with Olivia set me on a path to discovering my lesbian sexuality)). There are many blog posts, websites and fanfic stories discussing Olivia being an inspiration for women and also a subject of lesbian desire.

I find it interesting that these two women that were a huge influence on me, were / are also so inspirational for other women and that there is so much online discussion of these two women. I am not alone in my admiration and discussion.

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Dana Scully and Olivia Benson

2 May

I am currently brainstorming an article about how Dana Scully from the X-Files was an inspiration for me (to be a scientist and a strong, intelligent woman). I have been doing some background reading of blog posts, webpages and a thesis on Scully, what she represented and how she inspired countless young female X-Files fans. Scully and the X-Files were big topics for online fan forums.

I too am a great fan of Detective Olivia Benson from Law and Order – Special Victims Unit. This strong female character also had a great influence on me (although it was less career focused and more a realisation of my sexuality (my fascination with Olivia set me on a path to discovering my lesbian sexuality)). There are many blog posts, websites and fanfic stories discussing Olivia being an inspiration for women and also a subject of lesbian desire.

I find it interesting that these two women that were a huge influence on me, were / are also so inspirational for other women and that there is so much online discussion of these two women. I am not alone in my admiration and discussion.

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Margaret Thatcher

9 Apr

Sapphicscientist's Blog

On my drive to the train station this morning I was surprised to hear that Margaret Thatcher had passed away. I did not agree with her politics (in fact my political beliefs are on the opposite side of the political spectrum), but I do admire her as a pioneering woman in politics and as a female scientist. She was the first female prime minister of Great Britain and she was very tough and formidable leader and politician. She took the country to war in the Falklands. She was a trained chemist, and a lawyer, and a mother. For all my opposition to her politics, I still admire what she represented – women can succeed in politics and play a very active role in the governance of a country.

Related articles –
http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/blog/2013/apr/08/miliband-clegg-local-elections-cameron-madrid
Margaret Thatcher the iron lady chemist and prime minister

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Scientist Pin-Up Girls – empowering, not porn

7 Dec

Sapphicscientist's Blog

As an original and retro styled pin-up girl fan and a scientist, I think it would great to have scientist pin-up girls. Empowered, intelligent, lady scientists with retro styled fashion and make-up. Oh, red lipstick would look a treat with a crisp white lab coat and funky sneakers! As a sex positive feminist, lesbian and an empowered woman who is proud of her female and lesbian sexuality and her intellect and scientific abilities, I think this would be so fun, empowering and a chance to express science and sexuality. I’d promote this and join in. Maybe this would also help get a lesbian audience interested in science and the achievements of female scientists, all but in a kind of around about way. Bring on the retro styled lady scientist pin-ups!

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7 Dec

Sapphicscientist's Blog

While surfing the net for information on science writing and medical writing agencies & reading science blogs such those from Scientific American, I see successful female science and medical writers and I think “I want to be like them!!” I want to write for a respected science magazine. I would like to make my own mark on the world of science communication. I would love to inspire other young female science writers. A dream of mine is to be either a freelance science, medical and health writer contributing to various science and health magazines and websites or to be writer working with a research organization. I am a former medical research student and I am very passionate about communicating about the essential nature of research and the key
discoveries and disease breakthroughs research has provided the modern world. With training, avid writing and perseverance I can hopefully one day achieve…

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Female Scientist Role Model – Kay Scarpetta

7 Dec

Sapphicscientist's Blog

Kay Scarpetta from the Patricia Cornwell series of crime novels, also a Forensic Pathologist, was a role model and an inspiration to me while growing up. She two was a smart, tough lady.

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Female Scientist Role Model – Sam Ryan from Silent Witness

7 Dec

Sapphicscientist's Blog

Sam Ryan (played by Amanda Burton), a Forensic Pathologist in the BBC Drama Silent Witness was another role model of mine while growing up. She was a gutsy, determined, smart Northern Irish lady. Shame she left the show

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