Most everyone has heard of the Mercury 7, the first human
spaceflight program in the Untied States. It lasted from
1959 through 1963, and the goal was to beat the Russians in
putting the first human in orbit around the Earth. Everyone
pretty much knows John Glenn, Scott Carpenter, and the rest
of the crew that trained, but very few people know of the
thirteen women who trained and never got to go into space.
Jerrie Cobb was the first woman pilot to take all the same
tests that the men took, and even scored higher than the
men! Not only did they create a path for female astronauts,
but they also played a very important role in WASP (The
Women Air Force Service Pilots) and other rights for women
in the 1960s. These thirteen women should be honored and
remembered throughout American history.
This was an excellent book! Tanya Lee Stone did a great job in her
research and interviews for this book. I am so glad that
she wrote this book, because I never knew anything about these
women who fought to be part of the space project with NASA.
This book would be a good source for a book report or
research paper for anyone. I would recommend it for ages
eleven and up.