Women in Aerospace

The Cal Poly Aerospace Engineering Department would like to celebrate the contributions of women to the field of aerospace engineering. We will look back on the accomplishments of women in aerospace and look toward what will be achieved in the future.
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Dorothy Spicer

Dorothy Spicer was an English aviator and the first woman to gain an advanced qualification in aeronautical engineering.
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Eileen Collins

Eileen Collins is a retired NASA astronaut and US Air Force colonel. She was the first female pilot and first female commander of a Space Shuttle.
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Mary Golda Ross

Mary Golda Ross was the first known Native American female engineer and the first female engineer in the history of Lockheed.
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Sally Ride

Sally Ride was the first American woman in space and the earliest space traveler to have been recognized as LGBT.
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Sunita Williams

Sunita Williams is an astronaut who formerly held the records for most spacewalks by a woman and most spacewalk time for a woman.
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Valentina Tereshkova

Valentina Tereshkova is the first and youngest woman to have flown in space with a solo mission.
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Yvonne Brill

Yvonne Brill was responsible for inventing the hydrazine resistojet propulsion system that is used for spacecraft propulsion.
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