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NASA's new astronaut class is the first ever to have an even split of men and women. Of the eight new astronauts four are female. This is fantastic for space, fantastic for us dreamers and a fantastic inspiration for the next generation of space travellers. I'd like to congratulate all eight new

NASA's new astronaut class is the first ever to have an even split of men and women. Of the eight new astronauts four are female. This is fantastic for space, fantastic for us dreamers and a fantastic inspiration for the next generation of space travellers. I'd like to congratulate all eight new

Dr. Roberta Bondar was one of the six original Canadian astronauts selected in 1983. In 1992 Roberta Bondar became the first Canadian woman and the second Canadian astronaut to go into space. After her return from space Roberta Bondar left the Canadian Space Agency and continued her research. Roberta Bondar also demonstrated her commitment to environmental science and life-long learning and was an inspiration to students, alumni and scientists.

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Dr. Roberta Bondar was one of the six original Canadian astronauts selected in 1983. In 1992 Roberta Bondar became the first Canadian woman and the second Canadian astronaut to go into space. After her return from space Roberta Bondar left the Canadian Space Agency and continued her research. Roberta Bondar also demonstrated her commitment to environmental science and life-long learning and was an inspiration to students, alumni and scientists.

This painting of the four female Supreme Court justices will be on display at the National Portrait Gallery for three years. (Nelson Shanks/National Portrait Gallery)

New portrait of female Supreme Court justices unveiled

This painting of the four female Supreme Court justices will be on display at the National Portrait Gallery for three years. (Nelson Shanks/National Portrait Gallery)

Women in the War Industry  Amanda Smith, an African-American woman employed in the Long Beach Plant of the Douglas Aircraft Company.  Between 1940 and 1944, approximately one million civilian African Americans entered the labor force; 600,000 of them were female. The proportion of black women in industrial occupations almost tripled during the war, rising from 6.5 to 18 percent. Los Angeles-area aircraft plants were among the first to offer them employment.

Women in the War Industry Amanda Smith, an African-American woman employed in the Long Beach Plant of the Douglas Aircraft Company. Between 1940 and 1944, approximately one million civilian African Americans entered the labor force; 600,000 of them were female. The proportion of black women in industrial occupations almost tripled during the war, rising from 6.5 to 18 percent. Los Angeles-area aircraft plants were among the first to offer them employment.

Dorothy Day with her prison dress. On November 1917 Day went to prison for being one of forty women in front of the White House protesting women's exclusion from the electorate.

Dorothy Day with her prison dress. On November 1917 Day went to prison for being one of forty women in front of the White House protesting women's exclusion from the electorate.

In 1925, the National Geographic Society didn't admit women, so Harriet Chalmers Adams, adventurer and female badass, founded the Society of Woman Geographers. She was regarded as the foremost woman explorer of her time, traveling to Latin American, eventually writing about her travels for National Geographic magazine. She proved that women had the same moxie, the same adventurous spirit, and the same fortitude to see the world as any man!

In 1925, the National Geographic Society didn't admit women, so Harriet Chalmers Adams, adventurer and female badass, founded the Society of Woman Geographers. She was regarded as the foremost woman explorer of her time, traveling to Latin American, eventually writing about her travels for National Geographic magazine. She proved that women had the same moxie, the same adventurous spirit, and the same fortitude to see the world as any man!

female Armenian guerrilla fighters, 1895.

Armenian women guerrilla fighters, 1895.[500x699]

Althea Gibson broke the color barrier to become the first African American woman to compete on the world tennis tour in 1957.

Althea Gibson broke the color barrier to become the first African American woman to compete on the world tennis tour in 1957.

Nellie Bly, pioneer female journalist. She wrote about life in Mexico, feigned madness to investigate reports of brutality and neglect at the Women's Lunatic Asylum on Blackwell's Island, and travelled around the world in less than 80 days.

Nellie Bly, pioneer female journalist. She wrote about life in Mexico, feigned madness to investigate reports of brutality and neglect at the Women's Lunatic Asylum on Blackwell's Island, and travelled around the world in less than 80 days.

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