Ritu Karidhal and M Vanitha – new role model for girls
There are two major reasons why Chandrayaan 2 is special and will be written in bold and golden on the pages of Indian history.
- The mission was conducted under a petite budget and was executed marvelously. It was one of the biggest and most ambitious missions in Indian history. With the scientists putting in their days and nights into this mission, it was the most amazing success to applaud for.
- What made this mission even more special and iconic was, that it was the first time that the space team was lead by two amazingly intellectual women, Ritu Karidhal (mission director) and Muthayya Vanitha (project director).
We want to applaud so loud for these women that it deafens the patriarchy!
Ritu Karidhal and Muthayya Vanitha helmed the second lunar mission Chandrayaan 2 successfully. They not only made the entire nation proud about their scientific skills, but they also have unknowingly seeded courage in the heart of many girls out there.
Most people are not aware that this very same mission was called off on July 15th due to technical glitches but successfully launched on 22nd July. We all know this wouldn’t have been possible without these women.
Let me tell you their story and how they are becoming the right ‘Role Models’ for the generations of women coming up.
She was born and brought up in Lucknow. She is an aerospace engineer and has also worked on the mangalyan.
She was born in a middle-class household with four siblings. She has always played emphasis on education and worked hard. If you have grown up in a middle-class home you already know that studying well is your only escape and so were hers.
She looked at the sky, the moon, the stars and knew where her heart belonged.
She completed her graduation in B.sc from the University of Lucknow. Where most teenagers keep blaming their parents for not sending them to the best university or to an expensive city, she proved to all that it doesn’t matter. It doesn’t matter which city you are from? or which college you are from?
It’s about your passions, your zeal and your desire to achieve your dreams.
‘No lack can stop you if your dreams are abundant’ – Sanskriti Mishra
She has been unstoppable from the very beginning. She might have come to limelight now but has been a star since forever.
She not only is a great scientist but is also an amazing wife and a lovely mother of two. Most women in India are going through struggles of balancing their personal and professional life and then women like Ritu inspire us at a whole different level.
When a space scientist can do it, trust me you can do it too!
She has been working hard with ISRO for the last…. Guess…. Take a wild guess…. For how many years?
32 years! She has been working hard and finally, she received the recognition her hard work really deserved.
She is an electronics and communication engineer. She is the one who contemplated the design and technology used for the satellite.
She teaches us that before we can finally see the results it can take is years. Years and years of hard work, dedication and the spirit of never giving up.
These are the kind of women, we should be looking up to. The role models we really need. For so long women have been told all the things that they can not do and it will take a lot of ‘un-learning’ to finally learn what we CAN do.
Stop listening to naysayers and people tell you that you might fail in what you are doing. What most of us are doing is not even rocket science (pun intended).
Have a clear set of goals in life is important. Be it Ritu Karidhal who aimed for the sky as a kid or Muthayya Vanitha who consistently worked hard for 32 years to make her mark.
Two lessons that I want you to take from this blog and our Rocket Women are:
Keep hustling for your dreams and I shall see you in my next blog.