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FEW: Federally Employed Women

Filed under: Uncategorized November 22, 2011 @ 7:36 pm

Wesleigh Mellott

FSEM: Beauty and Brains

University of Mary Washington

This post is in satisfaction for an assignment for FSEM:
Beauty and Brains

Federally Employed Women (FEW) is a
group that does many things to help women employed for the government and
provides ample opportunities for women who work for the government to grow
professionally through conferences and workshops.

FEW was formed in 1968. Also, there
are 10 FEW regions in the United States. The primary mission of FEW is to end
sex and gender discrimination and encourage diversity in the workplace. FEW has
several primary mission points, such as committing to maintain a unified and
diverse membership and providing opportunity for professional growth.

Would Sally Ride join FEW? She
certainly could, being a federally employed woman.  She would definitely encourage members of FEW
to support women astronauts, and she might even want a FEW member to speak at a
Sally Ride Science event to encourage
young girls and women.

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Comparing Sally Ride and Norman Thagard

Filed under: Uncategorized October 31, 2011 @ 9:55 pm

Sally Ride and Norman Thagard

by Wesleigh Mellott

Here is a link to a picture of Sally Ride and Norman Thagard, along with the whole crew from STS-7.


The male scientist that I chose to compare with my scientist
(Sally Ride), is Norman Thagard.

I chose to research Norman Thagard because he was on the same
space flight will Sally Ride in 1983 (STS-7). Sally Ride and Norman Thagard
have similarities in their education and careers but they also have
differences, especially when it comes to family. These apparent comparisons
that I will address are why I chose Norman Thagard as a comparable scientist
for Sally Ride.

Norman Thagard and Sally Ride


Sally Ride

Norman Thagard

Educational Background

University (2 bachelor’s degrees in Physics and English, Masters and PhD in
Florida State
University (Bachelors and master’s degree in Engineering Science) Later
earned degrees in Medicine and Business Administration
Field of
Physics Engineering
and later Medicine
From CA,
married in 1982 (divorced), no children but supportive parents
From FL,
married with 3 children
Recognitions National Women’s
Hall of Fame, National Aviation Hall of Fame, Astronaut Hall of Fame


11 Air
metals, Aerospace Medical Association, Astronaut Hall of Fame
Ratio: Women
and Male Scientists
Research done
by the American Physiological Society in 2001 compares the number of women astronauts
to the number of men (35 to 158)

Did gender play a role in these two scientist careers?

Surprisingly, Norman Thagard has children and Sally Ride does
not. This may have contributed to Rides ability to focus completely on her
education and career. Despite not having children, Ride had very supportive
parents, which may have greatly contributed to her scientific success. Since
the peak of these scientists careers occurred in the 1980’s, I don’t think that
either of them had a greater advantage over the other (based on gender). They
were both able to obtain great educations without discrimination and in my
opinion were equal and equivalent in most ways.

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Annotated Bibliography: Sally Ride

Filed under: Uncategorized September 14, 2011 @ 9:17 pm



Sally Ride

The name “Sally Ride” provokes different
thoughts to all who hear it. Some automatically think “first women in space”,
some think “inspirational figure for girls”, and some, unfortunately, have not
heard of her. Ride is all of the previous and more, and her life story tells us
just how rounded and accomplished she really was and still is to this day. I
chose to do my research on Ride because isn’t it almost every young kids dream
to go into space, exploring the depths of the universe? Don’t we all have the
desire inside of us to know the feeling of traveling through parts of an unseen
solar system? I certainly did as a child, and still do.  Ride not only made history, but continues to
inspire girls to pursue science careers, just as she did 40 years ago.

Sally ride was born in Los Angeles,
California in 1951. She grew up there and not only succeeded academically in
school, but athletically as well, becoming a nationally ranked tennis player.
After high-school, Ride attended Stanford University, earning a bachelor’s
degree in Physics and English. She also earned a Master’s Degree and a Ph. D in
Physics from Stanford.

After finishing her education, Ride
joined NASA in 1978. Eventually, Ride earned her spot on board a space shuttle
in 1983. She was the first American women to go into space, making her a huge
celebrity and icon. She went into space for a second time in 1984, and retired
from the space program in 1987 to work at Stanford University.

Sally Ride started Sally Ride Science in
2001, a program that encourages young kids, especially girls, to pursue
science. She continues to work on her program and continually urges and
promotes young women in science.

Bibliography: Sally Ride



Drummond, Mike. “The Sally Ride Interview.” Inventors Digest 23.4 (Aug/Sept. 2007):
18-21.   Ebsco Host. Web. Mon. 12 Sept. 2011.

This is an interview with Sally Ride conducted by Inventors Digest. In the interview,
Sally Ride talks about her program that she started called “Sally Ride
Science”. She explains that this program is intended to give young girls a new
perspective on science and math and to encourage them in these fields. I found
this source interesting, but it does not give much information about Ride,
except for a brief timeline of her professional career. I would use this to
talk about Ride’s philanthropy, but not much else.



Steinburg, Stephanie. “Astronaut Sally Ride aims to
make kids starry eyed.” USA Today
Life (8/02/2010): 4. Ebsco Host. Web.
Mon. 12 Sept. 2011.

This is a newspaper article written about Sally Ride
and her attempts to interest children in science and get rid of stereotypes
about scientists. It tells about how as girls get older, they lose interest in
the sciences while boys continue to succeed in them and show interest. The
article also talks about how in today’s world, we associate science with males.
This article was interesting and helped to show the attitude Ride has towards
children and science, but does not give information about her personal life or
professional life. I will use this source to talk about Ride’s responsibility
of being a role-model, and what she chooses to do with it.


Williams, Janice. “Make Way for the Ladies in
Space.” Saturday Evening Post 254.6
(September 1982): 42-108. Ebsco Host. Web.
Mon. 12 Sept. 2011.

This article was written before Sally Ride went into
space. There are several quotes from Ride in this article, including one where
she talks about her childhood and how she did not originally intend to be an
astronaut, but to do research in physics. This was a very useful article
because it gives us a look into her past. It also includes information about
Ride’s colleagues in the space program and their childhood dreams. I think this
is a useful source because it was written before she went into space, giving
almost a new perspective for my research.


K. C., Cole. “Sally Ride.” Smithsonian 38.8 (Nov. 2005): 64-66. Ebsco Host. Web. Mon. 12 Sept. 2011.

In this article, ride compares the success that
different sexes have in math and the attitude many take towards math. Ride
talks to women who at one point wanted to be scientists and astronauts and why
they did not achieve their dreams. One said she was told she was “dumb in math”
in the 3rd grade, which surprises Ride very much. Ride also
encourages the need to know how the earth works and to be interested in the
universe. In this article, Ride comes across as very concerned. I think this
really shows her personality and how much of a role-model she is for little
girls. This is a very useful source for looking at Ride’s personal views and


Cabral, Elena. “What a Ride!” Scholastic News, Edition 5/6 76.18 (3/10/2008): 4-5. Ebsco Host. Web. Mon. 12 Sept. 2011.

This is probably one of my most useful sources
because it combines many aspects of Ride’s life. This article combines Ride’s
history with her scientific success. It goes into great detail about Ride’s
childhood dreams of becoming an astronaut. This article also talks about her
educational background, and how she earned her doctorate in astrophysics from
Stanford University. It also states that Ride’s role-models included Marie
Curie and Amelia Earhart. This is the only one of my articles that includes
information about her parents, adding that her father was very supportive of
all her ambitions, which at one point included being a professional tennis


Pearson, John. “Sally Ride.” Biography (2005): 1-3. Ebsco
Web. Mon. 12 Sept. 2011.

This is a very informational biographical source. It
is very fact-based, and therefore full of information. The article tells how in
1977, Ride was one of 6 accepted out of 8,000 for NASA’s Space Training
Program. It also states the event that occurred in 1983 that she is known for;
being the first American women in space. This mission took 6 days, but Ride
made a huge leap for women in science. She also went on another mission a year
later, and became the first American women to walk in space during a flight.

“Sally Ride Science”. May 12 2009. Online Video Clip. YouTube. Sept. 24, 2011.

This is the citation for a YouTube video that shows an event held by Sally Ride Science. In this video, young girls talk about their interest in science. The videp also shows many stations that teach about science, math and technology. At the end, Sally Ride talks to the whole group of girls about how she achieved her dreams, and how they could also achieve their dreams.


Additional Sources:

NASA. “Astronaut Bio: N. E. Thagard, 02/1996.” NASA – Johnson Space Center.  Web. 23  Oct. 2011.

This is a website that gives a general bibliography of Norman Thagard. This site was helpful when comparing Thagard to Ride for our second presentation. In this bibliography, there is information about Thagards career and also his education. In addition, it talks about his home life, remarking that he has 3 children and is married. Without this source I would not have been able to do a comparison of Sally Ride and Norman Thagard, so that is what makes this source so important.


Sally Ride — Academy of Achievement Photo Credit.” Academy of Achievement Main Menu. Web. 26 Oct.   2011.

This is the citation for the link that I have on my blog post that compares Norman Thagard and Sally Ride. This was a helpful image because it allows the viewer of the blog to get a visual image of these two astronauts.


Federally Employed Women. Web. 14 Nov. 2011.

I used this site to gather my information about Federally Employed Women (FEW). It was very helpful and provided information about FEW regions in the United States. There were also several images available on this site, which were helpful in a presentation I gave about FEW. Lastly, this site was the most detailed of the sites I found that had information about FEW.





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New Blog

Filed under: Uncategorized September 12, 2011 @ 9:34 pm

Welcome to my blog. The scientist I have chosen to research is Sally Ride.


Sally Ride has was the first American Women in space. She, however, has accomplished numerous things in addition to this amazing and awe worthy accomplishment. She was inducted in the National Womens Hall of Fame in 1988, and the National Aviation Hall of Fame in 2007. In addition, she is also a marvelous role model for young girls who wish to pursue careers in math, science and technology. Through her program Sally Ride Science, she encourages young girls to study science, and uses her experiences to set a great example. For a video demonstrating an event held by Sally Ride Science, click on the link below. Enjoy!