OUR STORY

In our first space age, we watched as buff-bodied astronauts and can-do men in mission control got us to the moon and back, while space exploration remained an impossible dream for women. Before affirmative action policies, the few women who managed to find positions in the aerospace industry faced formidable and unrelenting workplace challenges. Before STEM education efforts, there were few opportunities and little or no encouragement for girls who yearned to someday explore space.

Now, nearly half a century since humans left Earth orbit, a new space age has begun. How can we ensure that women play integral roles in current and future space exploration efforts worldwide, not only as high profile astronauts, cosmonauts, and taikonauts, but as skilled members of the global “village” it will take to make all of this happen?

OUR STORYTELLERS

 

Donna Shirley

She sent the first female to Mars, a rover named Sojourner Truth

 

Kenya Armbrister

She spent time in the desert to prepare for life on Mars

 

Susan Ip Jewell

She trains teams to survive in Mars simulations on Earth

 

Yvonne Cagle

She's a pioneering astronaut still waiting to claim her place in space

 

Carol Stoker

She sends robots to search for "life as we don't know it" on Mars

 

Teresa Segura

Her past portraits of Mars paint the planet as wet, warm and wild

 

Margaret Race

She's a "planetary protector" who keeps Mars safe from Earthly contamination

 

Lynn Harper

She forges connections among public and private groups to secure all our futures in space

 

Heather Archuletta

She stayed in bed for 90 days to help humans get to Mars

 

Bas Lansdorp

His vision for Mars stresses diversity