Women really can do it all, and we love it when they prove just how amazing and strong they are. Sally Ride was the first American woman who flew into space.
While this is a groundbreaking accomplishment, Ride’s life was far from easy. NASA began looking for women astronauts to join their team in 1977 when Sally Ride was still a student at Stanford University. Even though she had to focus on her studies, she decided to apply for the job and was one of six women chosen.
Ride took her first trip to outer space in 1983, where her job was to work on the robotic arm that helped put satellites in space. She flew back to space for the second time in 1984.
In 1987, Sally Ride left NASA and began teaching at the University of California. Her mission was to empower women to succeed in math and science.
In 2003, Ride was added to the Astronaut Hall of Fame.
To celebrate her accomplishments, we’re reflecting on some of our favorite Sally Ride quotes. Enjoy!
On Taking Risks
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“All adventures, especially into new territory, are scary.”
“I would like to be remembered as someone who was not afraid to do what she wanted to do, and as someone who took risks along the way in order to achieve her goals.”
“The best advice I can give anybody is to try to understand who you are and what you want to do, and don’t be afraid to go down that road and do whatever it takes to work as hard as you have to work to achieve that.”
“Science is fun. Science is curiosity. We all have natural curiosity. Science is the process of investigating. It’s posing questions and coming up with a method. It’s delving in.”
“Studying whether there’s life on Mars or studying how the universe began, there’s something magical about pushing back the frontiers of knowledge.”
“The thing I’ll remember the most about the flight is that it was fun.”
“I think it’s important for little girls growing up, and young women, to have one in every walk of life. So from that point of view, I’m proud to be a role model!”
“For whatever reason, I didn’t succumb to the stereotype that science wasn’t for girls. I got encouragement from my parents. I never ran into a teacher or a counselor who told me that science was for boys.”
“If we want scientists and engineers in the future, we should be cultivating the girls as much as the boys.”
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“Our future lies with today’s kids and tomorrow’s space exploration.”
“It’s too bad our society isn’t further along.”
“Three secrets to success: Be willing to learn new things. Be able to assimilate new information quickly. Be able to get along and work with other people.”
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