Last week, Sally Ride — the first American woman in space — was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Obama. This is the highest honor that can be awarded to a civilian (meaning someone not in the military or police).
When Dr. Ride died last year, she had been on two space shuttle missions — and had been a strong role model for girls and women everywhere:
“We remember Sally Ride not just as a national hero, but as a role model to generations of young women,” President Obama said in an official White House press release “Sally inspired us to reach for the stars, and she advocated for a greater focus on the science, technology, engineering and math that would help us get there. Sally showed us that there are no limits to what we can achieve, and I look forward to welcoming her family to the White House as we celebrate her life and legacy.”
We love this quote from Dr. Ride in 2006: “I would like to be remembered as someone who was not afraid to do what she wanted to do and as someone who took risks along the way in order to achieve her goals.”
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