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Lovelace’s Woman in Space Program was a short-lived, privately-funded project testing women pilots for astronaut fitness in the early 1960s. Although nothing concrete resulted, the women who participated have since been recognized as trailblazers, whose ambitions to fly the newest and the fastest craft led them to be among the first American women to gain access to sophisticated aerospace medical tests.By the end of the summer of 1961, nineteen women pilots had taken astronaut fitness examinations at the Lovelace Clinic. Unlike NASA’s male candidates, who competed in group, each woman came to Albuquerque either alone or in a pair for the week of tests. All of the women were skilled airplane pilots with commercial ratings. Most of them were recruited through the Ninety-Nines, a women pilot's organization. Others heard about the testing through friends or newspaper articles and volunteered. The oldest candidate, Jane Hart, was a forty-one year old mother of eight and the wife of a U.S. Senator (Philip Hart-D of Michigan). The youngest, Wally Funk, was a twenty-three year old flight instructor. Lovelace’s privately-funded women’s testing project received renewed media attention when Soviet cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova became the first woman in space in 1963. In response, Clare Booth Luce published an article in Life magazine criticizing NASA and American decision makers. By including photographs of all thirteen Lovelace finalists, the names of all thirteen women became public for the first time. (Significant media coverage had already spotlighted some of the participants, however.) #theunsungheroines

🏳️‍🌈 There is something very poetic/ironic/brave/infuriating/confusing/ painful/ heroic about Crystal Griner risking her own life to save someone who denies her humanity. Help donate towards her recovery. Link in bio. After being released from the hospital for injuries Crystal Griner threw out the first pitch at the Congressional Women’s Softball Game on Wednesday night in Washington, D.C. Griner helped save the life of Steve Scalise, during the GOP baseball shooting, who has also been described as one of the most anti-LGBTQ politicians in Washington. He’s voted against LBGTQ rights over and over again. He also authored Louisiana’s ban on same-sex marriage. Special agent Crystal Griner, openly gay, saved his life. #lgbt #theunsungheroines #crystalgriner

REGRAM from a super cool account called @17.21women that you should all follow 👌🏽 - "Unfortunately for E.J., she played during a time when there was very little TV exposure. There was no such thing as ESPN. So she probably doesn't get the credit she deserves, but she was one of the greatest guards to ever play the game."⠀
—Gene Ponti, NBC-affiliate sports reporter on college basketball star Eun Jung "E.J." Ok⠀
Eun Jung "E.J." Ok (née Lee), #KoreanAmerican college basketball legend/star point guard of Northeast Louisiana University's women's basketball team/Sports Illustrated dubbed her the "Korean Magic Johnson"/won Southland Conference Player of the Year every year at NLU between 1983–1986, a feat no other male or female basketball player has ever accomplished/MVP of Sweden and Italy's women's basketball teams from 1986–1987 (the WNBA wouldn't be established until a decade later)/women's basketball coach at University of Louisiana at Monroe (formerly NLU)⠀
Photos (1–3) courtesy of Bill Smith▫️1985–1986 NLU "Dream Team"; photo courtesy of Kore Asian Media▫️Photo courtesy of Kore Asian Media▫️Photo by Terrance Armstard, 2014⠀
#eunjunglee #ejlee #ejok #asianathlete #koreanmagicjohnson #preWNBA #collegebasketballlegend #womeninsports #theunsungheroines

1896 Blue Gym Suit - no thanks! #theunsungheroines

Happy Father's Day to all the feminist dads like mine who proudly buy their daughters baseball bats for their 🎈 birthdays. #theunsungheroines #happyfathersday

"Bigoted Homophobe Steve Scalise's Life Was Saved by a Queer Black Woman" 🏳️‍🌈 "Steve Scalise, the House Majority Whip who was shot by a gunman who attacked a congressional baseball practice on Wednesday, has kept company with racists. He was forced to apologize for speaking at an international conference of white supremacists, and reportedly referred to himself as “David Duke without the baggage.” Following Scalise’s shooting, Duke praised him for “defending white civil rights.”⠀Scalise has also been described as one of the most anti-LGBTQ politicians in Washington. He’s voted against LBGTQ rights over and over again. He also authored Louisiana’s ban on same-sex marriage. Like many of his ilk, he said he was only trying to protect “traditional” marriage.So it is a point of especially delicious irony that Scalise, who survived the attack (and is reportedly in critical condition), may owe his life to a queer black woman. Crystal Griner, a Capitol Police officer, was one of two special agents on Scalise’s security detail yesterday who helped take down shooter James Hodgkinson. People at the scene said that the two officers prevented an all-out “massacre” on the field that day, engaging in a firefight with Hodgkinson before killing him.Griner sustained wounds in the fight, and she, like Scalise, was in a hospital recovering last night. By her side was her wife, Tiffany. According to The Daily Beast, Griner, a graduate of Hood College in Maryland, was a basketball star and a “major force on campus”: “She was a woman to be reckoned with at Hood: an amazing athlete and a lively presence,” the classmate wrote on Facebook. “It does not surprise me at all that she would think so quickly and act so courageously. You’re not on Facebook, Crystal, but I’m honored to know you. Wishing you a speedy recovery and the knowledge that you have the gratitude of the nation behind you!” We’re willing to bet that Scalise is grateful too." Via Anne Branigin⠀#theunsungheroines #lgbt #pride #neverthelessshepersisted

2 Women skiing 1922. Photo by Ullstein Bild #theunsungheroines

Peggy Oki's skate style was something that the world of skateboarding had never before seen: knees deep, body low, riding aggressively with hands dragging on concrete. Along with the other members of the infamous original Zephyr skate team, (including Jay Adams, Tony Alva and Stacy Peralta amongst others), Peggy changed the world of skateboarding forever. She was a tomboy whose status as the only “Z girl” in a pack of “Z boys” had zero effect on how she was treated. When the Zephyr team made their legendary debut at the Del Mar Nationals in March of 1975, Peggy, carved on concrete like she was surfing an ocean wave, adding a gutsy creativity to the sport, setting a new style precedent that continues to define skating today. The Zephyr team blew away spectators and achieved cult status in the skateboarding world, being further immortalized as legends after the 2001 documentary “Dogtown and Z-Boys.” California was gong through an extreme drought in the 1970's leaving swimming pool owners no choice but to keep their pools drained. The Zephyr team, fans of skating on the sloping asphalt banks on school playgrounds, brought their skate style to the empty pools which led to the birth of aerial and slide skating that continues to be the foundation of aerial skateboarding today. After skating with the Z Boys, Peggy went on to UC Santa Barbara where she studied environmental biology and received her BA in Painting at The College of Creative Studies (UCSB). She continues to be an avid surfer today and works as an environmental/animal activist (founder and director of the Origami Whales Project and the Whales and Dolphins Ambassador Program), visual artist and public speaker. #theunsungheroines

From @judioyama 's IG - "My first #skateboard made by my brother in #aptos jr high #woodshop class with #BobMerriam #santacruzskateboards my solid oak woodburn deck" #theunsungheroines

Thank you Katie. #theunsungheroines #stem

Meet Mylie, ( @myliemecham ) who has a photo of @laurathornhillcaswell autographed on her wall. She likes playing soccer and softball and likes her teammates because they are supportive. Her favorite athlete is @alexmorgan13 . When she gets older she wants to play second base for the New York Yankees. She says she never gets bullied by the boy athletes because she said her teammates are equal in skill - and in some cases.......a little bit better. #theunsungheroines

Women’s Rifle Club at Gonzaga University (1950s) #theunsungheroines

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