Gone are the days when women walked in the shadow of men. Today, women stand toe to toe with their male counterparts. However, this is nothing new, as women have made valuable contributions in many different fields throughout history. This article will focus on three women who made history in the month of June. Read on to find out about these amazing women.
Amelia Mary Earhart was born on July 24, 1897. She was an American aviation pilot and author. She shot to fame when she became the first female pilot to take a solo flight across the Atlantic Ocean. She received many awards for this feat, but she did not stop there, and went on to write some bestselling books, which help female pilots greatly even to this day. On June 17, 1928, she flew from Trepassey Harbor, Newfoundland, and landed on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean, at Burry Port, Wales, after almost 21 hours, to set a record.
Earhart worked to get more women into aviation. For this reason, she joined Purdue University in 1935 as visiting faculty to teach them the art of flying. She inspired many women to take up flying as a career and taught them tricks of the trade. Unfortunately, this could not last long, as she disappeared on 2nd July, 1937. She was an inspiration for many and will always be remembered as the first woman to make her name in aviation.
Valentina Vladimirovna Tereshkova was born on March 6, 1937. She was the first civilian woman to go into space. She achieved this feat when she piloted the Vostok 6 on June 16, 1963. What's more interesting is the fact that she was inducted in the Soviet Air Force as an honorary member to make her eligible to join the Cosmonaut Corps.
That was just one of her achievements. Before joining the Cosmonaut Corps, she worked in a textile factory, and was a skydiver. In addition to this, she also took part in active politics and joined the Communist party. She also received the honor of carrying the Olympic flag during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics. She has held many political offices and shown that women can do anything they set their mind to.
Valentina received many awards for her services to the Soviet Union. She became a torchbearer for girls seeking inspiration and wanting to make their name in the world. She showed them what they can achieve and how they can do it. Whether it is science, sports, politics, or space, her name will be remembered for her valuable contribution to all these fields.
Sally K. Ride
Sally Kristen Ride was born on May 26, 1951 in Los Angeles. She was an American astronaut and physicist. Her mission was to do something never done before. To turn this dream into reality, she joined NASA in 1978. Her dream became a reality when she became the first American female astronaut on June 18, 1983. She also holds the record of being the youngest American astronaut to set foot in outer space at the age of 32.
But that was not enough for Sally. She left NASA in 1987 and joined the Stanford University. For two years, she conducted research at the Stanford University Center for International Security and Arms Control. After that, she joined the University of California as a professor of physics. During her tenure at the University of California, she conducted research on nonlinear optics and Thomson scattering.
Besides this, she was also a part of the committees for the Columbia and Challenger space shuttles, being the only female member of either committee. She chased big dreams, and with her hard work and dedication, turned them into reality inspiring millions of women.
These three women have left an indelible mark on history in their respective fields and their crowning feats were achieved in the month of June, making it a great month for women. They showed what women are capable of achieving if they put their minds to it. They inspired hundreds of women to step out of their comfort zone, dream, and achieve big things in life.