By Tanya Lee Stone
They'd the perfect stuff. They defied the prejudices of the time. they usually blazed a path for generations of ladies to follow.
What does it take to be an astronaut? Excellence at flying, braveness, intelligence, resistance to emphasize, best actual form — any record would come with those. but if the USA created NASA in 1958, there has been one other unstated rule: you needed to be a guy. this is the story of 13 ladies who proved that they weren't basically as difficult because the hardest guy but additionally courageous adequate to problem the govt.. They have been blocked via prejudice, jealousy, and the scrawled be aware of 1 of the main robust males in Washington. yet even if the Mercury thirteen ladies didn't make it into area, they didn't lose, for his or her instance empowered younger ladies to take their position within the sky, piloting jets and commanding house tablets. virtually ASTRONAUTS is the tale of 13 actual pioneers of the gap age.
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She wanted to surpass all expectations. And she did. ” It was seven o’clock at night. She had shattered all previous records. Nine hours and forty minutes. Shurley said, “Probably not one in one thousand persons would be capable of making such a lengthy isolation run. . ” I Enjoy Reading Mechanics Monthly So, hypothetically, if one thousand people were to attempt an isolation run, how might the men fare in comparison to the women? In the late 1950s and ’60s, men were generally regarded as the levelheaded ones.
Advertisements portrayed women as the authority on topics such as knowing exactly which dish detergent would keep their hands softest and which coffeemaker would allow them to make that perfect cup of coffee. But even as these images were reinforcing the idea that men were more capable of handling stress than women, Shurley and Walters were proving otherwise. They wanted to challenge these stories about men and women with hard facts. One way to do this was to compare the results of Cobb’s tank test to the results of the isolation tests the Mercury 7 men took — which Shurley did not even believe were tough enough to be meaningful.
Lovelace was there, too, as were NASA officials, politicians, scientists in the field of space research and travel, and the press. It was the perfect opportunity for Lovelace to stir up excitement about Cobb’s results, as well as unveil his big idea. This time his news wasn’t about just one woman. This time, he revealed that other women had also completed phase one with outstanding results. Other women were waiting in the wings to continue along Cobb’s path. The news caused a commotion. Quiet Cobb was back on center stage.
Almost Astronauts: 13 Women Who Dared to Dream by Tanya Lee Stone