May. 27, 2012 @ 4:29 PM _
Just sent this to a former WGS teacher of mine and thought I’d share it with you all as well…
I just got this awesome book in the mail today and wanted to tell you about it as I found it incredibly interesting. To preface, I should probably mention that I am super obsessed with Human Space Flight and could talk about in unrelentlessly for a month straight if I were given the opportunity. (I kind of already do that though) …so that’s where this is coming from
Anyway, the book is called “Almost Heaven- The Story of Women in Space” and I was very impressed to find a book that so nicely interwove the story of women’s struggle to secure a spot in space exploration with both the political occurenced starting at the cold war as well as the succession of the women’s liberation movement.
I was recently reading a book on Jerrie Cobb that led me to this book. Cobb was a front runner to paving the way for women to be allowed in the Astronaut Program and was considered one of the “Mercury 13.” (A group of women who had the right stuff at the wrong time and were promised space flight, but were never given it.)
Anyway, the book continues onto the first two women in space (Russian) and the selection of the first six american female astronauts. It details the discrimination they faced during schooling up through the media frenzy they experienced after selection. (sexist portrayals in the media/amongst men in NASA etc. along with how they designed their own suits, meal plan, etc to cater to women as NASA always put up a huge fight in the past about such accomidations for women.
I just thought you might enjoy it because it’s a very different setting from most feminist/women’s movement type books I’ve read that deal more with culture at large or general lib history, but still deals with the same underpinnings