Girls who broke a glass ceiling while stargazing. Chapter V

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María Estrella
Zatón Martín
María Alejandra
Martín Gálvez
Sandra
Benítez Herrera
Ana Belén
Fragoso López
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With the aim of motivating interest in scientific and technological (STEM) careers among the younger girls, and to publicise the work of the women astrophysicists and engineers at the IAC, in 2017 the audiovisual series "Girls who broke a glass ceiling while looking at the sky" was initiated. The series, inspired in the project "No-Nancies" by the astrophysicist Pilar Montañés is included in the project "The return of Henrietta Leavitt: from school to a research career via the theatre", an initiative of the IAC in collaboration with the Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology (FECYT) of the Ministry of Science and Innovation.

On February 11th, coinciding with the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, a new episode of this series is given its first showing. The previous chapters have had more than 24,000 visualisations, and 16 researchers participated.This fifth chapter includes contributions by Sandra Benítez Herrera, astrophysicist and outreach specialist from the Unit of Communication and Scientific Culture (UC3), Ana Fragoso López, optical engineer, Estrella Zatón Martín, informatics engineer, and Alejadra Martín Gálvez, manager of the preparatory phase for the construction of the European Solar Telescope (EST). In the video they tell us what they wanted to do when they were young, and how they ended up by developing their careers towards astrophysics.