In the tales of One Thousand and One Nights, the king is furious to learn that his wife is unfaithful and he has her executed. To avoid being dishonoured again, he decides to marry a woman every day only to send her to the same fate the next morning. Scheherazade refuses this injustice and decides to become the next bride. Everyday Scheherazade would tell the king a story, but leaves it on a cliffhanger. Curious to hear the tale’s end, the king keeps her alive to the next day. Story after story, Scheherazade keeps him coming back for more, thus saving her life after one thousand and one nights.
Scheherazade thus saves herself and other women with the power of the story. By telling the public about her science, she can spare herself and other women from a similar “force majeure”, the injustice of inequality.
Stories inspire inclusive and diverse cultures. Using storytelling, Scheherazade Speaks Science aims to promote the visibility of women scientists and humanise science communication. This is how we engage a wider audience and inspire the next generation of scientists.
The science you read here is a narrative infused with a social dimension. This narrative creates resonance to keep the reader coming back for more.
After all, this is Scheherazade.