Almost Astronauts: Thirteen Women Who Dared to Dream
Tanya Lee Stone is the author of close to ninety books for young readers, including Up Close: Ella Fitzgerald and Elizabeth Leads the Way.
Tanya Lee Stone spoke to a class of students about her book Almost Astronauts: Thirteen Women Who Dared to Dream (Candlewick; February 24, 2009), which is written for a young adult audience. She recounts the thirteen women who trained to become astronauts in 1960, many years before the first woman would be accepted into the NASA program. Known as the “Mercury 13,” all the women passed their required tests but ultimately had their career advancement blocked due to what the author posits was gender prejudice. She responded to questions from the audience following her remarks.
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