MiniGrant: A group of activists will issue a series of original postcards entitled “Copernicus did not know it” presenting the profiles of women whose discoveries and scientific achievements relate to space.
About the group
In connection with our experience of discrimination against women at various stages of education and at work, our thoughts revolve around the still insufficient promotion of women’s contribution to science and art. We want the participation of women in history and modernity to be more and more pronounced and become a natural knowledge equal to the knowledge of men’s contribution.
Salamanders are a group founded by three friends – Julia, Justyna and Martyna – who met during their studies and activism. So far, they have participated, among others, in the Torun Feminist Brigade, the Not Only Polish Mother Foundation and in the organization of the Equality March. They are united by feminist values and disagreement with the surrounding reality, in which the role of women is still underestimated, and their achievements diminished or overlooked. They want to change this by popularizing herstories and caring for the memory of women scientists.
We clearly notice the lack of visibility of women in history and contemporary media coverage of scientific discoveries, especially in the field of science. Knowledge about women succeding in science will help, among others, to discover to some girls their potential in areas so far dominated by men.
About the action
Salamanders want to promote herstory through an alternative celebration of the 550th anniversary of the birth of Nicolaus Copernicus, which will happen this year. They plan to publish and distribute a series of original postcards “Copernicus did not know this”. They will present profiles of women who have not found honorable places on the pages of history, although their discoveries and scientific achievements had significantly influenced the state of knowledge regarding astronomy and astrophysics.
Grant amount: 4500 PLN
Photo: group’s own materials