Stephanie Nolen heard a story about Jerrie Cobb, and she couldn't let it go: Cobb, a world-record setting pilot and a woman, was recruited in 1959 to take the astronaut tests. At the time, the United States was losing the space race. The Soviets had larger, more powerful rockets, and engineers at NASA thought women - smaller and lighter - might be the answer to their problems. Women were also thought to be more tolerant of isolation and pain.
Genre: Social Science, Technology, Political Science, Science, Biography + Autobiography, Freedom + Security / Law Enforcement
Subgenre: History, Engineering / General, Discrimination, Gender + the Law, Public Affairs + Administration, General, Women's Studies, Labor + Employment, Feminism + Feminist Theory, Astrophysics + Space Science, Aeronautics + Astronautics