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INTERVIEW: Author Rachel Swaby Spotlights Headstrong Women Scientists

Rachel Swaby, author HEADSTRONG/Photo: Celina M. Grouard

Rachel Swaby/Photo: Celine M. Grouard; Broadway Books

By Patricia Caso/February 2, 2016

TWITTER: @rachelswaby

Other than Rachel Carson, Marie Curie, Jane Goodall or Florence Nightingale, I learned very little about historical women who made incredible scientific advances during my grade school and high school years. For instance, who knew it wasn’t all about acting for Hedy Lamarr? Turns out she was an inventor of a communication system that is now the basis for wi-fi, bluetooth and the GPS!

“I thought it would be great to have more and better profiles of women in science and not rely on obituaries for information.”  Rachel Swaby

Based on Rachel Swaby‘s terrific book, Headstrong (Broadway Books), it seems that generations have missed learning about exciting scientific achievements from women around the world.

I had a chance to catch up with a very busy Rachel Swaby and find out more about the uncredited global heroines that she has chronicled in Headstrong.,,  [Read more…]

TOP 10: Sally Ride and the Burden of Being “The First”

Sally Ride, Astronaut/Photo: NASA

Sally Ride and the Burden of Being “The First”: Ann Friedman–prospect.org–6/22/14–Photo: NASA

TOP 10: The Commencement Address Sally Ride Never Gave

Lynn Sherr's book on Sally Ride

The Commencement Address Sally Ride Never Gave: Lynn Sherr–huffingtonpost.com–5/27/14

TOP 10: 16 Medal of Freedom Honorees Are Named

16 Medal of Freedom Honorees Are Named: Ashley Southall–nytimes.com–8/9/13

POW: Sally Ride, First American Woman in Space

Sally Ride, First American Woman to Fly in Space, June 18, 1983


Thirty years ago today, Sally Ride began her historic space flight in the Shuttle Challenger
when it launched on mission STS-7. NASA describes her as one of their three
mission specialists. She helped the crew deploy communications satellites,
conduct experiments and make use of the first Shuttle Pallet Satellite.

 Sally Ride becomes first American woman to fly in space 6/18/83/NASA

Photo Credit: NASA

Here in this special photograph, Dr. Ride sits in the aft flight deck
mission specialist’s seat during deorbit preparations.

TOP 10: Major Milestone–50 Years of Women in Space

Valentina Tereshkova, first woman in space/NASA

Major Milestone–50 Years of Women in Space: Miriam Kramer–space.com–6/16/13–Photo of Valentina Tereshkova: NASA

TOP 10: Sally Ride, First US Woman In Space, Dies at 61

Astronaut Sally Ride for TWE Top 10 | Photo: Nasa / Reuters from NBC article

First US Woman In Space, Sally Ride, Dies at 61: Alan Boyle—msnbc.msn.com—7/23/12 | Photo: Nasa