Brazil Manager, Kelly Torres 

How did you become a greenlight girl and why?

I became a part of Greenlight for Girls in September 2010, when I decide to participate in the first G4G event in Belgium. In that time, I still was on maternity leave of my first baby (a girl). I was very motivated to show to the others girls how exciting Physics is!

I could say my daughter encouraged me in making part of this great initiative. She was only four months old when she had her first astrophysics lesson in that event.

What is the first thing you notice about people/society?

The racism around different social classes and gender. It is not right that social conditions, skin colors and gender determine our mental potential to learn and to be creative! In my opinion, the racism against these people may emotionally "kill them" in a terrible way: by decreasing their self-esteem and self-confidence.

What is your favorite Science?

Well, I like all… Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Maths…! I remember, when I was 14 years old, it was difficult for me to choose my career. I used to say: “I would like to be scientist, but I don’t know how to get it, and what subject?” I’ve never had a model in my family of someone, who even, made university studies. Besides, living in a very small city was not so evident to find answers to my questions. Following my intuition, I decided to take Science undergraduate studies and to be a teacher at elementary schools and high schools. After that, things started to change…and I’ve never thought arrive at a position where I am today: university professor and scientist… astronomer!

What is your favorite science related tv show or book?

Everything related with Science, Mathematics, Technology and behavior.

Describe greenlight for girls in one word?

Difficult for me describe greenlight for girls in only one word, but I could say: hopefulness:

a) for several girls, encouraging them to following theirs dreams, related to their careers;

b) in favour of the diversity and quality of Science and Technology, once than around 50% of people (women) can contribute to its evolution!

Any advice for the young girls out there?

Follow your dreams and desires concerning your career. Everything is possible; it was to me, and why not to you! Do things with love, it is the most important, and you will have all you need to achieve your desires!  Difficulties make part of life, everybody passes for that, and you will always have someone to help you: family friends…. and… something else: we also are there to support you in your scientific dreams! ;-)