With the discovery of Einstein’s Gravitational Waves, the world has taken a big step forward and science might be able to answer a lot of questions that have puzzled scientists for centuries now.
Professor Nergis Mavalvala is a Karachi-born MIT professor who was part of the team that detected Einstein’s Gravitational waves. She grew up in Pakistan, went to a school in Karachi and comes from minority Parsi community.
Although it’s great news for Pakistanis, it also baffles a lot of people how could a girl from Pakistan achieve so much in life when other girls in the country are lacking behind in every field as compared to their global contemporaries. Here is what Dr. Mavalvala had to say about her success, contributing it to how she was grown up here in Pakistan.
“I grew up in a family where the stereotypical gender roles were not really observed, So I grew up thinking women can, must and should do anything and everything. That is very important for me.”
“My parents are not scientists and don’t necessarily fully follow the things I work on. But they have always been supportive. They always felt ‘if this is what she wants to do, let’s get out of the way and let her go with it’ — that’s a powerful situation to grow up in.”
Dr Mavalvala brings hope to Pakistani women. It gives them the message that success has nothing to do with origin, nationality and resources but it has to do with your will, desire and ambitions. Even if you grow up as a women in a minority in Pakistan, you can still be an achiever.
This discovery is just a beginning of a new future, a future where we could possibly achieve ‘technological singularity’. Although this discovery has raised many new questions, it has answered a lot of them, defining a way forward for science.