Celebrating Women’s History Month: March 20

20 Mar

Honoring Sally Ride

Today I would like to honor and pay tribute to Sally Ride. Ride is probably best known as the very first woman (and at that point youngest person) to enter space. Ride joined NASA in 1978 and in 1983 explored space on the Space Shuttle Challenger, helping break the gender barrier for astronauts. Ride helped to design the robot arm on the space shuttle.

I was fortunate enough to meet Ms. Ride while she was putting together Sally Ride Science, an educational program fostering both boys’ and girls’ interest in science, with a focus on drawing out girls in the field of science. She toured the Atlanta Girls’ School in 2001, the same year she founded Sally Ride Science. I honor Sally Ride for her work for gender equity in the field of science.

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