I was born around the time when Ride went into space, so I have no memory or visceral response to her at all.
But what did she actually do? Besides having the first American vagina in zero gravity, did she do anything scientifically unique or original?
Instead of asking a cynical and sexist question why don’t you read NASA’s biography of Sally Ride.
Or the bio at the Academy of Acheivement.
There is even one at Sally Ride Science.
She led a fascinating life, and it is a damn shame her partner has no rights.
I caught up on this thread last night and considering it was after dealing with those obtuse, cynical idiots over at Skepticforum who will find one word to totally derail and ignore an entire logical presentation of evidence - I walked away with my head spinning.
At least I’m glad I didn’t write hero with a capital H.
OK, she wasn’t Abe Lincoln, or Gandhi, or Martin Luther Jr. and yes perhaps “hero” has been watered down in this age of hyperbole. But, then again she achieved great things in a world that didn’t cut her any slack - then she did much to share her experiences and educate and inspire younger people.
She was a fine person who achieved much that deserves respect for those achievements and her passing touched me and I felt like doing to a shout-out to the universe.
Her wife of 28 years will not be able to receive her pension.
Her wife of 28 years will not be able to inherit without tax, any of her belongings.
It is long past time for marriage equality.