Anousheh Ansari (USA, 1966-Present): In 2006, Anousheh became the first Muslim woman in space. She said, "I hope to inspire everyone -- especially... women and young girls in ...countries that do not provide women with the same opportunities as men -- to not give up their dreams and to pursue them. ... It may seem impossible to them at times. But I believe they can realize their dreams if they keep it in their hearts, nurture it, look for opportunities, and make those opportunities happen."
First Female Space TouristCredit: Documentary ChannelIranian-American entrepreneur Anousheh Ansari became the first female space tourist when she funded her own way to the International Space Station aboard a Russian Soyuz space capsule in 2006 through the firm Space Adventures. via space.com