NASA was an exclusively male work place for a long time, but that is changing. While the first all-female spacewalk at the International Space Station was cancelled today and women will have to wait some more time for that achievement, many other milestones have already been accomplished for female astronauts.
The first women to enter and graduate from NASA astronaut class were Sally Ride, Anna Fisher, Judith Resnik, Kathryn Sullivan, Margaret Rhea and Shannon Lucid, who entered the program in 1978. According to NASA
and Collect Space
, the number of women admitted to the program has risen, especially respective to the total number of aspiring astronauts. Ride became the first American woman in space
, after cosmonauts Valentina Tereshkova and Svetlana Savitskaya. Fisher became the first mother to fly in space. Resnik tragically died in the 1986 Challenger explosion.
2013 saw the first, albeit small, gender equal astronaut cohort, with four men and four women being chosen for NASA astronaut training.