This woman went where no American woman had gone before.

Sally Ride: First American Woman in Space

Sally Ride, who was the first American woman to go into space in 1983, died on July 23, 2012 and tributes have flowed in to acknowledge her.

In an official White House statement U.S. President, Barack Obama said that, "she inspired generations of young girls to reach for the stars".

He certainly knows how to say in 11 words what will take me a whole blog post! Which is, "just because someone hasn't done it before - doesn't mean it can't be done". 13 words. Darn!

It's interesting that Sally was not only the first American woman in space she was also the youngest astronaut of any gender (at that time) - being 32 years and 23 days old.

Valentina Tereshkova, a Russian, who was the first ever woman in space twenty years earlier in 1963, was also the first civilian. She was actually a factory worker who parachuted as a hobby and applied for cosmonaut training.

 (The lesson here for anyone wondering whether to apply for a new role or promotion is that she actually applied for it - nobody came knocking on the door of the factory in Maslennikovo asking her to do it!) 

History remembers firsts for women; although they may also have achieved firsts for other achievements.

So perhaps not as eloquently as Obama would put it, for all those women, including Sally Ride, who have gone before us and paved the way.

Thank you.

(2 words!)

Post: Karen Adamedes

1 comment:

  1. Immediately after the historic shuttle flight, Jane Pauley interviewed Sally Ride on NBC's Today Show. Sally was married at the time, and Jane could not help but ask, "Do you and your husband have any plans for children?" Without skipping a beat, Sally responded, "That's none of your business, Jane."