The difficulties of astronomy are unknown to those of us who do not belong to this scientific discipline that studies the universe’s celestial bodies. But, in a field of knowledge that we have traditionally been told is for men, for some years now, Chilean women working in this discipline have begun to shine.
Although the younger generations still face obstacles, such as an insufficient presence in academia and prejudices about girls’ capacities for the hard sciences, everything indicates that, little by little, these gender-based stereotypes are starting to be eliminated in the sciences through actions: women scientists are changing the world.
Doctor in Astrophysics Laura Pérez is a star, a rank granted to her by two awards that she has obtained: the international Young Scientists Award for Frontier Science in developing countries (2021); and Chile’s Adelina Gutiérrez Scientific Excellence Award (2020). These acknowledgements highlight her contribution to the development of astronomy and make her an inspiration for those wanting to venture into complex disciplines.
The discoveries made by Laura throughout her career allow us to visualize a future in which there are more women scientists working in astronomy and leading research excellence; a world in which the younger generations will be able to enter more and more into these scientific fields that, to now, remain unjustly linked to men. Laura’s life story will, without a doubt, help young girls and adolescents not to hesitate when it comes to following their vocational path.
Doctor in Astrophysics who is recognized around the world for her discoveries and for opening a window to the universe from Chilean skies.
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Text: Carolina Pareja - @frutillagram
Chilean architect who is building future through innovation, developing bioclimatic architecture and sustainable construction projects to improve life quality.
Illustration: Carola Josefa – @carolajosefa
Text: Julieta Marchant - @julieta.marchant
Chilean concert pianist who has brought the music and culture of Rapa Nui to the whole world, as well as teaching the younger generations at the school she has created on the island.
Illustration: Trini Guzmán – @holaleon
Text: María Paz Rodríguez - @soylarov
Chilean writer whose creativity has led to her becoming the most popular Spanish-language writer and a tireless promotor of women’s rights.
Illustration: Holly Jolley – @holly_jolley_
Text: Teresa Paneque - @terepaneque
Chilean sportswoman who, with passion, talent and a unique spirit, broke through in soccer to become the best goalkeeper in the world.
Illustration: Amelia Strong
Text: Constanza Michleson
Chilean ecologist and biologist who actively protects Chile’s wildlife and the planet to contribute to creating a better future for the whole world.
Illustration: Jo Jiménez – @jojimenez
Text: Claudia Andrade - @claudianadradeecchio
Chilean chef and winner of a Michelin star who has taken our country’s flavors around the world and provided new opportunities to young people and women who share her passion.
Illustration: Camila Olivares – @camipepe_
Text: Isabel Ossa - @isabelossaescritora
Chilean entrepreneur with a tireless spirit who, together with a great team, has created a whole world of play, so that children from Chile and other countries grow up playing and learning as a family.
Illustration: Consuelo Ovalle – @polerapaint
Text: Antonella Andreani