10 Things to Know: Sally Ride

The first American woman (and possibly the first LGBT person) in space will receive a posthumous honor from the president this week.



10. Ride said she didn't go into the sciences to become a role model but eventually realized that she was one for countless women around the world. "Young girls need to see role models in whatever careers they may choose, just so they can picture themselves doing those jobs someday," she told the Harvard Business Review. "You can’t be what you can’t see."


Editor's note: an earlier version of this story cited Ride as the first woman in space, where in fact she was the first American woman in space.