Today is the International Day of Women and Girls in Science! Each year on February 11, we honor the accomplishments of intrepid female minds in S.T.E.M.
In 1903 Marie Curie punched a hole in the glass ceiling by winning the Nobel Peace Prize for her work in Physics. Her work would inspire and open the door for girls to dream of a future of their own in labs, in Space, and in history or HERstory books!
Leading Lady Dr. Sally Ride brought a fresh American female face to the Space race when she jettisoned into space in the 1980’s. This accomplishment was an American first but twenty years after Leading Lady Cosmonaut Dr. Valentina Tereshkova orbited the Earth 49 times in just under 3 days in Vostok 6, the only female solo flight into Space in history! Next we hope to see the first woman step foot on the Moon and then Mars!
In celebration of today, three new patterns will be available in the Shop at noon (EST) today! An extra large shuttle, and two EMU’s (Extra-Small, External Mobility Units), otherwise known as “Space Suits”! Now you can send your Astronauts & your Cosmonaut out into zero gravity for a Space Walk, or have her summersault in Space or walk on the Moon!
Pictured: Leading Lady Cosmonaut Dr. Valentina Tereshkova, The First Woman in Space & Leading Lady NASA Astronaut Dr. Mae Jemison, The First Woman of Color in Space. Hand drawn & Painted by Artist Jen Haefeli. Patterns are available today on the Shop page!
I hope you have fun making your Leading Ladies in Flight & The Space Age!
If those educating kids are interested in receiving materials to supplement your efforts, please email me. I’m happy to support you.
The following articles provide some great information on why today is celebrated, as well as some further insight and ideas on how to support your interest in Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics: