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Physically, astronaut Sally Ride wasn’t the sort to lean in.  America’s first woman in space – who soared through the ultimate glass ceiling on the space shuttle Challenger in June 1983 – was upright and outwardly reserved, with a quiet, low voice.  Her assertiveness was something you felt, rather than saw, a determined and confident ability to do what she considered right and to bring everyone along with her.

But make no mistake:  Sally Ride leaned in instinctively, and never more than on the day that she changed her life forever.

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