Sally Ride is best known for being the first American woman to go to space, which is a pretty damn big deal. She was the third woman from any nation to go into space, period. Born in Los Angeles, Ride was an astronaut and physicist who spent her early career at NASA, going to space for the first time at 32 and returning once more before retiring from space travel in 1987.
"The stars don't look bigger, but they do look brighter," Ride said of her view of starlight while in space. "Reach for the stars," was another tagline of hers, though in her case, it was extremely literal. Later in life, Ride also came out as gay, revealing her long-term partnership with a woman, which also makes her the first gay astronaut.
Ride died in San Diego in 2012 from pancreatic cancer, but her legacy is cemented in history for being a woman who reached literal heights never achieved before. After all, if one can shatter the atmosphere, it's pretty safe to say they've definitely shattered a glass ceiling or two. For this historic first, we at Une Femme cheers Sally Ride for being a space exploration pioneer.