On Monday, Sally Ride, the first American woman to go into space, died at the age of 61 from pancreatic cancer. A role model to thousands of women hoping to enter the male-dominated STEM fields, Ride didn’t just lead by example: she actively encouraged girls to pursue careers in science, engineering and technology after her time at NASA. She founded the company Sally Ride Science, which provided multiple programs and educational opportunities for girls and taught at the University of California-San Diego.
But we’d rather remember Sally by her own words. Here are just a few inspirational quotes from a role model to countless women:
“There are lots of opportunities out there for women to work in these fields…Girls just need support, encouragement and mentoring to follow through with the sciences.”
“The thing I’ll remember most about the flight is that it was fun. In fact, I’m sure it was the most fun that I’ll ever have in my life.”
“All adventures, especially into new territory, are scary.”
“The stars don’t look bigger, but they look brighter.”
Sally Ride – you will be missed, but never forgotten.