Kathryn Sullivan, Geologist and former NASA Astronaut. She was the first American woman to walk in space. In addition, she recently served as the Under Secretary of Commerce or Oceans and Atmosphere and Administrator of NOAA.
“NASA had the wisdom to bring in a critical mass — six women, three African Americans, an Asian. There was a cohort, and we could build a bit of an alliance to tackle some of the issues that come along with adding new people to a close-knit culture.”
“All six of us in that first batch of women felt a self-imposed pressure. One of us would be the first to fly, another would be the first to do a spacewalk — which only a small group of the Astronaut Corps gets to do. We knew our performance would have a big influence on the prospects of the women who would come after us.”
“I was thrilled to be tapped for a spacewalk, but the ‘first female spacewalker’ tag really didn’t matter to me. It was my first spacewalk.”
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