Women's History Month Spotlight: Dr. Mae Jemison

"Never limit yourself because of others' limited imagination,
never limit others because of your own limited imagination."
Mae Jemison, astronaut

Every March we celebrate the accomplishments of women throughout American history. One of these women is the first African-American woman to travel in space, Dr. Mae Jemison. She went into orbit aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour on September 12, 1992.

Jemison was born in Decatur, Alabama. Her father was a maintenance supervisor and her mother was an elementary school teacher. Her family moved to Chicago when she was three so that she and her two siblings could have better educational opportunities.

As a child growing up, Jemison developed an early interest in science. She tells a story of when she was in kindergarten and her teacher asked her what she wanted to be when she grew up. Jemison said a scientist and her teacher asked, "Don't you mean a nurse?" 

Inspired by the flight of Sally Ride, Jemison went on to become a successful medical doctor, engineer, and astronaut. After her NASA mission, she went on to form the Jemison Group, to develop and market advanced technologies.

For more information on Women's History Month please see the website for The National Women's History Project.

Cross-posted from Simple Living Family

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