Driven, dedicated and passionate about her work for NASA and beyond, Sally Ride was and is an interesting, complicated and impressive figure in spaceflight history, and Sally Ride: America's First Woman in Space sheds an incredible amount of light on the life of a woman who's been a role model to an entire generation. At the same time, Sherr not only details Ride's life, but the context that informed her life and career, and in doing so, has written an astonishing, eye-opening book at a time when debates over the roles of women in science and technology are at a new high. Ride would likely be excited to see the discussion, learning and teaching that's ensued, but dismayed that in 2014, it's still a contentious topic.
LMAO, I love this site, Marlboro Woman, and of course, Pie Near Woman. I meandered my way over to PW’s site when she was briefly mentioned last year in Food Network Humor, one of her followers popped in to say “She’s like the ginchiest!!” or something to that effect. The photos where pretty, and I enjoyed that, but I found her cooking to be rather meh. And then I read that godawful “love” story of hers which set off red flags in my head from just reading the first paragraph. She made herself sound like the most vapid, whiny, aloof person on the planet(J crew catalog? $ pea coats to make herself feel better?) And those PG-13 dates with her husband that always ended in a “cliff hanger”?
One of Paul's first big projects was initiating and organizing the 1913 Woman Suffrage Procession in Washington the day before President Wilson's inauguration. Paul was determined to put pressure on Wilson, because the President would have the most influence over Congress. She assigned volunteers to contact suffragists around the nation and recruit supporters to march in the parade. In a matter of weeks, Paul succeeded in gathering roughly eight-thousand marchers, representing most of the country. However, she had much more trouble gaining institutional support for the protest parade. Paul was insistent that the parade route go along Pennsylvania Avenue before President Wilson. The goal was to send the message that the push for women's suffrage existed before Wilson and would outlast him if need be. This route was originally resisted by DC officials, and according to biographer Christine Lunardini, Paul was the only one who truly believed the parade would take place on that route. Eventually the city ceded the route to NAWSA. However, this was not the end of the parade's troubles. The City Supervisor Sylvester claimed that the women would not be safe marching along the Pennsylvania Avenue route and strongly suggested the group move the parade. Paul responded by demanding Sylvester provide more police; something that was not done. On March 13, 1913 the parade gained a boost in legitimacy as Congress passed a special resolution ordering Sylvester to prohibit all ordinary traffic along the parade route and "prevent any interference" with the suffrage marchers.