In 1983, Sally Ride became the first American woman to travel into space. Today, PBS Digital Studio released a short animated film featuring an interview between Ride and Gloria Steinem from that very same year. It’s a great retrospective on Ride’s early career—but it’s also a reminder that obnoxious gender biases…
Sally Ride, America's first female astronaut, passed away a little over two years ago. This past Thursday, Lynn Sherr – Ride's friend, and author of the recently published biography on the late astronaut – stopped by the Colbert Report to talk about Ride's role as a feminist, scientist, and role model.
When Sally Ride died in 2012, her obituary noted a new fact that was widely picked up: that she was survived by her partner, Tam O'Shaughnessy. The first American woman in space suddenly became a more complicated figure. Now Lynn Sherr, a journalist and friend of Ride, has created a brilliant and eye-opening biography.
In 1963, Valentina Tereshkova became the first woman in space, and to celebrate 50 years of female astronauts, artist Ciaran Duffy has painted a series dedicated to these space pioneers.
Sally Ride was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor, by President Obama as one of sixteen honorees at today's ceremony.
This Sunday, June 16, marks the 50th anniversary of cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova's 1963 trip to low Earth Orbit – a flight she made just two years after Yuri Gagarin became the first human in history to visit space.
Sally Ride, America's first female astronaut, has passed away from pancreatic cancer at the age of 61. She was a physicist, a Space Shuttle pioneer, a teacher, and one of those people who changes the lives of ordinary people in extraordinary ways.
This brightly colored astronaut appeared on the cover of "What Shall I Be? The Exciting Game of Career Girls," a board game from 1976. Astronaut was certainly a step up from some of the traditionally feminine careers presented in an earlier edition of the game (air hostess, for example), and yet there are two big…