Woman's Own

We’re breaking glass ceilings

‘I refused to let the gender gap stop me’

‘Hopefully, I can inspire others to follow me’

Sophie Harker is an engineer, as well as a charity founder and volunteer dance teacher. She lives in Blackpool.

Sitting at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, while on a family holiday aged 16, I watched a video about astronauts on Mars, and the tagline read, ‘This could be you.’ I knew in that moment, it really could.

I’d always had an interest in space, and while studying Mathematics at University of Nottingham a few years later, I won a prize and consequently met Dr Helen Sharman, the first

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