Women's History Month Shout Out

“If women can be railroad workers in Russia, why can’t they fly in space?” – Valentina Tereshkova

(1937- ) Valentina Tereshkova was the first female cosmonaut to go into space in 1963 aboard Vostok 6.  After returning back to Earth, she was honored with the title “Hero of the Soviet Union”, the highest award granted by the entity.  While she never flew again, Dr. Tereshkova did become a spokesperson for the Soviet Union at that time.  She also received the Gold Medal of Peace, awarded by the United Nations. 

Sources: Goddard Space Flight Center Bio and 100 Best Articles