Reach for the Stars…

Sallyride About a week ago, Anonymous Bob wrote about how women could be heroes too and I have to say that I agree.  Not long ago, I had the honor of listening to Sally Ride, the first woman into space.  As I was listening, I realized that March is Women’s History Month.  So I thought about what Sally Ride was known for and if she should be considered a hero or not.  In the end, I came to the conclusion that Sally Ride should be thought of as a hero because of her accomplishments.

Sally ride was fascinated by math and science when she was younger and eventually used those skills to become an engineer.  Sally Ride was the first woman into space.  One of Dr. Ride’s main goals now is to inspire younger kids (especially girls) to reach for the stars no matter how far away they are.  Back when Sally Ride was a kid there weren’t many astronauts, so she didn’t have any inspiration to become one.  When she saw Neal Armstrong walk on the moon, though, she thought that was pretty cool.

Most of the time, Sally Ride was the only woman sent on Shuttle missions.  Only once was she accompanied by another woman.   5 or 6 other men came along because back then it was uncommon for there to be a woman aboard at all.  Not it’s common to have at least two women aboard.  Sally Ride is still trying today to get more women interested in engineering because she believes that girls have as much potential to become astronauts as boys do.   

Dr. Ride loves her job and wouldn’t change anything about it.  Sally Ride is "my hero."  Is she yours?  Leave us a comment to share your thinking and join us again soon on The Blurb.


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About Bill Ferriter

I'm a real-live, bona-fide, full-time practicing classroom teacher. #takeTHAT
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