The Women of NASA

27 Aug

The Women of NASA

On June 18, 1983, a 32-year-old physicist from California shattered the gender barrier, becoming the first American woman in space aboard the shuttle Challenger. That brave lady was the late Sally Ride.

Since Ride’s historic flight, the face of the space program has undergone a literal transformation as it works toward narrowing the gender gap that persistently plagues the fields of science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM. . . .

Over the last decade, the number of female supervisors has increased by 59 percent for a total of 30 percent women supervisors. The number of women aerospace engineers has made an even greater leap. Today, 20 percent of NASA engineers are female, which represents a 76 percent increase since the early ’90s.

Overall, about 6,000 of NASA’s 18,000 civil service employee workforce are now women, says Nagarja.

Here are some of their stories.

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