YDA Women's Caucus Remembers Sally Ride

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The YDA Women's Caucus was saddened to hear about the death of Sally Ride, the first American women to go into space. Ride, who was 61, lost her 17-month battle with pancreatic cancer on July 23rd. However sad as we may be to hear this news, we would like to take this time to reflect on her role as NASA's first female astrounaut in space, and how she was a role model for young girls and women hoping to find a career in science. Ride went in to space in 1983 on the space shuttle Challenger. She was just the second woman to go in to outer space, and the first to make the trip for NASA. Her two trips on the Challeger inspired many girls to pursue careers in science of their own, and Ride didn't shy away from this aspect of her historic flight. In 2001 she founded Sally Ride Science, in order to promote math and science to girls. We recognize the groundbreaking achievements of Sally Ride, and as saddened as we are at her death, we remember the positive impact of her life on American girls and women.