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Breaking the Space Glass Ceiling!

Posted by egehl on April 7, 2010

This week a milestone was reached when four women became the most female astronauts ever to fly in space at the same time. 

Discovery launched into space on Tuesday carrying seven astronauts toward the International Space Station. Three of the seven astronauts are women. They include former high school teacher Dorothy Metcalf-Lindenburger, robotic arm expert Stephanie Wilson and the second Japanese woman ever to reach space, Naoko Yamazaki. This is only the third space flight in NASA history to launch with three female crewmembers aboard.

The fourth female astronaut is Tracy Caldwell Dyson, who is already living on the International Space Station.  In total, all four of them will meet up on Wednesday to form the largest gathering of women in space in history.

In all, 54 women have flown in space out of the 517 people who have reached orbit. NASA’s current chief astronaut is veteran spaceflyer Peggy Whitson, who served two tours on the space station – commanding the station as its first female chief in 2007.

A recent YWM blog post talked about the dearth of women in the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields, and the challenges they face, but these astronauts are showing the talent that women do have in STEM and what they can accomplish.  It reinforces why it’s important that parents, educators and mentors encourage women and girls to pursue STEM and to harness their skills for a viable future career. 

Congratulations to these courageous women astronauts for breaking the space glass ceiling again!

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One Response to “Breaking the Space Glass Ceiling!”

  1. Joyinhome said

    This morning the Tom Joyner interviewed Stephanie Wilson (gotta love technology) with some assistance from Houston. He talked about the underrepresentation of African Americans in STEM and asked her how she did it, including advice for kids in school as well as parents listening to the show.

    You can watch the video later today at http://www.blackamericaweb.com

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