More than 30 years after gaining the world’s notice, Sally Ride remains an iconic figure, although her accomplishment remains a little fuzzy. First woman in space? No, that happened 20 years earlier with Valentina Tereshkova. First woman on the moon? No, that hasn’t happened at all.
Ride was the first American woman in space, an accomplishment that becomes more important in the hands of Lynn Sherr writing in Sally Ride: America’s First Woman in Space. At a time when a woman is the leading candidate for president in 2016 and women routinely run nations and businesses, it is easy to forget a time when Ride’s accomplishment was very big news.