I just saw that Sally Ride, the first American female astronaut, passed away on Monday. Sally Ride was my earliest feminist inspiration, and seeing her name brings back really old memories of my first awareness of all that exceptional women could do. I swear, as dejecting as that glass ceiling feels so much of the time, shining examples like Sally Ride provide much-needed inspiration, and for that I deeply thank her!
Also noteworthy, Sally officially came out as a lesbian posthumously, as her family referenced her longtime partner in their official media statement. Sally wasn’t someone to put any of her private life in the public eye at any time, so keeping her sexual orientation to herself is in keeping with just leading a private life, and I think that’s great, but it’s also nice that she is able to now also be an inspiration to gay and lesbian youth.
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