50 Years of Women in Space


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Valentina Tershkova blasted off aboard Vostok 6 fifty years ago, followed by American astronaut Sally Ride 20 years later. By breaking the stratospheric ceiling, these women forged a path for many female astronauts and cosmonauts to follow.

Women in Space (ISBN 9781613748442) profiles 23 pioneers in space:

  • Eileen Collins, the first woman to command the space shuttle
  • Peggy Whitson, the female commander of the International Space Station
  • Kathryn Sullivan, the first American woman to walk in space
  • Mae Jemison, medical doctor and first African American woman in space
  • Sunita Williams, who has broken all kinds of records in space

We also meet 13 incredible women chosen for spaceflight in the late 50s and early 60s, and then denied the opportunity–The Mercury 13.

Women in Space has been positively reviewed by several publications, including School Library Journal, Booklist, VOYA, Stardate magazine, etc. 

The Midwest Book Review“very highly recommended reading and will prove to be an enduringly popular addition to both school and community library collections.”

Publishers Weekly – “an informative and hopeful overview of underrecognized scientists and explorers in a male-dominated field.”

Kirkus Reviews — “valuable… an informative introductory overview of the many important contributions women have made to space exploration.”

Both Women in Space and Women Aviators can both be ordered from Amazon or direct from Chicago Review Press.


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