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Story Of America’s First Woman In Space Told In New Young Adult Book

The U.S. Postal Service held a ceremony at UC San Diego where they unveiled a...

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Above: The U.S. Postal Service held a ceremony at UC San Diego where they unveiled a new stamp posthumously honoring NASA astronaut and former UCSD professor Sally Ride, San Diego, May 23, 2018.

Photo credit: Courtesy of Random House

The cover of "She Persisted: Sally Ride" is pictured.

Sally Ride, America’s first woman in space, left a legacy for young girls here in San Diego and around the world.

Her history-making trips aboard the Space Shuttle Challenger and her work as a physicist at UC San Diego serve as an inspiration to women and girls interested in all-things science.

Ride helped launch Sally Ride Science, which is now a nonprofit dedicated to inspiring kids, especially girls, to pursue studies and careers in science, technology, engineering, and math.

Now Ride’s story is being told along with 12 other inspiring women profiled in the "She Persisted" young adult book series. And Ride’s book is lucky enough to come out this month — Women's History Month.

The young adult series was inspired by Chelsea Clinton's picture book series that started off with, "She Persisted: 13 American Women Who Changed the World."

The author of "She Persisted: Sally Ride," Atia Abawi, joined Midday Edition to discuss Ride's life and legacy.

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Sally Ride’s story is being told along with 12 other inspiring women profiled in the "She Persisted" young adult book series.

Aired: March 11, 2021 | Transcript

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