Tuesday, June 8

Paving the Way

Some careers are not particularly woman-friendly. Yet there are women who venture into male-dominated fields and make their mark and leave their legacy. One such woman that comes to mind is Sally Ride. At the age of 27, having earned her PhD in astrophysics, she applied along with 8,000 other people to become an astronaut. Thirty-five people were selected and only 6 of those were women. In 1983, Sally ride became the first American woman to go into space. She was aboard the Challenger space shuttle when she made history. It wasn’t too many years earlier that girls who said they wanted to be an astronaut when they grew up were made fun of by their classmates. What a wonderful legacy women who are the firsts in their chosen fields are to young girls and grown up women alike. There should be no limit to doing what you love. Gratitude is due to those who made possible what today we take for granted.

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