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Amazing Women Day

Today would be Amelia Earhart’s 115th birthday, but since Dr. Sally Ride just passed away, we thought it would be appropriate to celebrate them both.

Earhart and Ride were incredibly smart women who made history. Earhart was the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic in 1928, and she conquered the Pacific Ocean in 1935. She disappeared in 1937 trying to break another record by flying around the world, and her legend grows stronger every year as investigators attempt to piece together what happened.

Sally Ride came back from her history-making flight as the first American woman in space in 1983, and it was so good she did it again the next year. Her astronaut days were cut short by the Challenger tragedy, so after assisting NASA in finding answers, she went the extra mile here on Earth and founded a company that produces educational materials for kids (girls and boys) to get them stoked about science. She was a physicist, an astronaut and an inspiration to generations of little girls who watched her soar into the sky.

Appropriately enough, a third woman from the world of pop culture and TV has a birthday today: Lynda Carter, the Wonder Woman who thrilled us in the 1970s. She also inspired us with a sweet shot of Girl Power back in the day.

Celebrate our three Wonder Women by going out into the world and doing something amazing. Who knows? We could be singing your praises soon.

Flying Women Day

Today, Liu Yang became China’s first female astronaut in space as she and two other astronauts aboard the Shenzhou 9 capsule docked with what will become the first leg of a Chinese space station.  Although Liu Yang, who was also an Air Force pilot, has a lot of reasons to celebrate, she’s also in some good company for this day. Twenty-nine years ago, Dr. Sally Ride became the first American woman astronaut launched into space aboard the space shuttle Challenger. After her space-faring career ended years later, she started a company to get kids more interested in science.

While that was also a magnificent accomplishment, let’s go back a little further. June 18 has one more notable woman who escaped terra firma and made history. In 1928, Amelia Earhart became the first woman to fly across the Atlantic Ocean. While that record would have been good enough for many, it didn’t ring Earhart’s bell. She did it again without the male pilots in 1935. Without the guys slowing her down, she set a new solo flight record across the Atlantic in 13 and a half hours.

Congrats to Liu Yang! While you’re orbiting the earth, remember this is just the beginning. Hopefully we’ll see great things from you in the future as well.

Sally Ride Day

Whatever you do today, you won’t be nearly as awesome as Dr. Sally Ride. She was already a physicist when she applied to NASA in 1978, and was selected over 1,000 other candidates for astronaut training and an eventual trip aboard the space shuttle Challenger.

On June 18, 1983, she became the first American woman to go to space and stirred up the out-of-this-world dreams of little girls across the country. She traveled to space again the next year, but it would be her last; all other scheduled trips for astronauts were cancelled when after the Challenger tragedy in January, 1986. Dr. Ride did, however, serve on the committee investigating the tragedy and continued to work with NASA on long-range planning.

While everyone remembers her historic trip to space, few others know her for another significant role: the CEO of Sally Ride Science, a company that produces educational materials to inspire and enable girls and boys to follow their dreams into science.

Happy Birthday, Dr. Ride, and thanks for making beakers just as appealing as Barbies to little girls everywhere.