In the summer of 1997, I received a phone call while working in NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif. “This is Watt Webb,” said the person on the other end, and we talked about family issues, his love of sailing and how his grandson likes playing soccer. After a while he asked if I would be interested in joining his laboratory at Cornell University as a research fellow.
Every time I have read an online Egyptian newspaper over the past couple of years, I have been inspired to see Egyptian women taking a stand and leading the way. Whether to overthrow President Hosni Mubarak, demand a better life for their families, refuse to be terrorized by the Muslim Brotherhood or elect a new president, women adorn the front pages. Against all odds and after unprecedented chaos and violence, Egyptians practiced their right to elect a new president this past week with hopes for a better tomorrow (“Egyptian voter turnout low despite extra day for polls,” May 29).