Monday, July 23, 2012

Sally Ride, Gender Rights Pioneer, Dies

Sally Ride, Trailblazing Astronaut, Dies at 61 -

...But there were still rough spots. Before the first shuttle flight, Dr. Ride — chosen in part because she was known for keeping her cool under stress — politely endured reporters’ asking whether spaceflight would affect her reproductive organs, whether she planned to have children, whether she would wear a bra or makeup in space, whether she cried on the job, how she would handle menstruation in space. The CBS News reporter Diane Sawyer asked her to demonstrate a newly installed privacy curtain around the shuttle’s toilet. On “The Tonight Show,” Johnny Carson joked that the shuttle flight would be delayed because Dr. Ride had to find a purse to match her shoes...

1 comment:

billy pilgrim said...

i hadn't heard sally died. this should be front page news, sally was a truly inspirational person.