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Attention: European Girls' Day April 25th
8 April 2013

This is the date suggested for us to celebrate Girls' Day in 2013!

We can all probably think of positive female role models; here at Armagh Observatory we now encourage you to think of famous female scientists and astronomers, for example Valentina Tereshkova first woman in space in 1963 or local astronomer Jocelyn Bell Burnell discoverer of pulsars.

If you are a teacher perhaps during Literacy you could ask your class to read or write about one of the following people:

Caroline Herschel:

Valentina Tereshkova:

Jocelyn Bell Burnell:

Carolyn S. Shoemaker:

At teacher training courses we encourage teachers to use female role models, for example when showing images of astronauts, scientists etc. and to emphasize that girls could become leading future scientists and engineers.  We have also updated and reprinted a set of leaflets to highlight careers for girls in astronomy and space science, this can be downloaded at:


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Valentina Tereshkova
Valentina Tereshkova
Jocelyn Bell Burnell
Jocelyn Bell Burnell
STS Crew 131
STS Crew 131