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STS-7 Mission Specialist Sally Ride. Credit: NASA

UCF history professor Amy Foster on the history of NASA’s female astronauts

After the final Apollo mission, the space race was over. In the 1970’s, NASA began looking ahead to the Space Shuttle program–a program with a greater focus on science.  University of Central Florida history professor Amy Foster says that focus on science gave women a window to join NASA’s astronaut corps. She spoke with WMFE’s Brendan Byrne about the first female astronauts at NASA and her book Integrating Women into the Astronaut Corps: Politics and Logistics at NASA.
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Elizabeth Cobbs. Photo: Matthew Peddie, WMFE

Intersection: The Hello Girls

Historian Elizabeth Cobbs has written 7 books including history and historical fiction. The Hello Girls is the story of the 223 women who were members of the US Army Signal Corps in World War One. After returning from the war they had to fight for recognition as veterans.
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