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Almost Astronauts: 13 Women Who Dared to Dream (2009)

by Tanya Lee Stone

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Interesting that this book is really more about gender relations than anything else. I was definitely expecting more space related or even pilot related information but it is the story of how these women struggled in a time where we did not even pretend that it wasn't a man's world. This book moves month by month through these women's experience, showing photos, telegrams, newspaper clippings etc. It is clear how the authors feel about the issues that the women experienced, repeatedly they are reassuring the reader that this idea that women were not a legitimate option in 'manly' jobs was a falsity that the men believed. They mention specifically that people frequently describe them as 'women before their time' and makes sure to say that this idea of time belongs not in relation to their abilities but in how other people viewed what should be. In general I did not find it super stimulating but definitely an important read. I have a hard time with the repeating message. Would make a really great book for a school project--Stone gives a full list of other books related to these women's story and has an full bibliography to pick over. ( )
  signecbaum | May 2, 2018 |
This is an in-depth, well-researched account of 13 women who fought to get into NASA and be allowed to participate in missions to space. It also chronicles the obstacles that stood in their way, primarily men who thought they were unqualified. It includes many historical photos, news references, and letters, including one from LBJ asking that efforts to put women in space be stopped. A great introduction to an important chapter in women's history. ( )
  scoomber | May 2, 2017 |
I think that this book is a very exciting biography that will keep the student interest them, and shock them about the way our country used to think.
  Sammmm_omalley | Apr 24, 2017 |
This book is about thirteen women who challenge the government to be the first women to be in outer space. Although they are not successful in their quest, they give courage, strength, and honor to all women by their great efforts to fly to space. This book would be great for not only young female readers, but young male readers as well. This book could be incorporated into a lesson about space, historical figures, or a research project over a certain historical group. ( )
  Taylor20 | Apr 5, 2017 |
This book recounts the history of 13 women who fought to get into NASA and be allowed to participate in missions to space. It also chronicles the obstacles that stood in their way, primarily men who thought they were unqualified. I liked that this book included many historical photos, news references, and letters, including one from LBJ asking that efforts to put women in space be stopped. This books provides a ton of factual historical information about these women's stories and gives readers an in depth, well-researched account of this important chapter in the fight for equality for women. ( )
  madelire | Dec 4, 2016 |
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A note about "Mercury 13"

The "Mercury 13" is actually a misnomer, as these thirteen women were never part of the Mercury space program. But because they went through many of the same tests that the Mercury astronauts did, the "Mercury 13" has become the nickname most often associated with the women in this story.
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For the extraordinary women in my family - beginning with Bessie, Sarah, Leah, and Dorothy - all the way to Laurie, Sarah, Leah, and Liza
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July 1999

One woman stands alone, off to the side of the crowd.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0763645028, Paperback)

They had the right stuff. They defied the prejudices of the time. And they blazed a trail for generations of women to follow.

What does it take to be an astronaut? Excellence at flying, courage, intelligence, resistance to stress, top physical shape — any checklist would include these. But when America created NASA in 1958, there was another unspoken rule: you had to be a man. Here is the tale of thirteen women who proved that they were not only as tough as the toughest man but also brave enough to challenge the government. They were blocked by prejudice, jealousy, and the scrawled note of one of the most powerful men in Washington. But even though the Mercury 13 women did not make it into space, they did not lose, for their example empowered young women to take their place in the sky, piloting jets and commanding space capsules. ALMOST ASTRONAUTS is the story of thirteen true pioneers of the space age.

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A biography of the thirteen women astronauts of Project Mercury and their case for sex discrimination that gave other young women their place in the sky.

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