Sally Ride was an outstanding figure in women’s history. She was born in 1951 and recently passed away in July of 2012. She was an American astronaut, and the youngest American to ever enter into space. At the age of 32, she became the first women to ever enter into low orbit earth. She left NASA in 1987 and served on the investigation panels for two space shuttle disasters, the Challenger and Columbia. She founded Sally Ride Science in 2001 and wrote numerous children’s books about science with her life partner,Tam O’Shaughnessy, who she was with for twenty-seven years. Sally Ride died at the age of 61 from pancreatic cancer.
Sally was one of 6 women chosen out of 35 trainees for the space program in 1978. She showed that with hard work and dedication, a woman can work in a career field that is stereotypically male. She truly deserves to be recognizes during Women’s History Month.