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Fig O’Reilly, NASA datanaut and beauty queen: ‘When are we going to stop minimising women to just one thing?’


by Lia Hynes
29th Sep 2021
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NASA Datanaut, former Miss Universe Ireland, CBS correspondent; Fig O’Reilly talks to Liadán Hynes about why women leave STEM careers, pushing back on misogyny, and her exciting new project.

Given the success she has experienced in her career so far, a fact that speaks to her abundant capabilities, it is somewhat surprising that, growing up, Fig (Fionnghuala) O’Reilly, engineer, NASA Datanaut, correspondent for CBS show Mission Unstoppable, Engineers Ireland Ambassador, and Miss Universe Ireland 2019, never even considered a career in STEM as an option. “Never. Not once,” she tells me now when we speak on Zoom. Fig, whose mother is from San Francisco, father from Sutton, Dublin,...

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