In 1983, 32-year-old Sally Ride was the first American woman, first LGBTQ member, and youngest American to go into space. She had to field reporters asking her demeaning questions like if she "weeped if things went wrong" on her missions and if the flight affected her fertility in any way, but she didn't let that affect her resolve. She stressed the importance of younger girls having role models in order to grow into their true potential. "Young girls need to see role models in whatever careers they may choose, just so they can picture themselves doing those jobs someday. You can't be what you can't see," she said.
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