Right Stuff, Wrong Sex: America's First Women in Space Program (Gender Relations in the American Experience Series)

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On June 17, 1963, Soviet cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova became the first woman in space. Curiously, unlike every previous milestone in the "space race," this event did not spur NASA to catch up by flying an American woman. Though there were suitable candidates-two years earlier, thirteen female pilots recruited by the private Woman in Space program had passed a strenuous physical exam and were ready for another stage of astronaut testing-American women would not escape earth's ...

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On June 17, 1963, Soviet cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova became the first woman in space. Curiously, unlike every previous milestone in the "space race," this event did not spur NASA to catch up by flying an American woman. Though there were suitable candidates-two years earlier, thirteen female pilots recruited by the private Woman in Space program had passed a strenuous physical exam and were ready for another stage of astronaut testing-American women would not escape earth's gravity for another twenty years.

In Right Stuff, Wrong Sex, Margaret Weitekamp shows how the Woman in Space program—conceived by Dr. William Randolph Lovelace and funded by world-famous pilot and businesswoman Jacqueline Cochran—challenged prevailing attitudes about women's roles and capabilities. In examining the experiences of the Fellow Lady Astronaut Trainees (as the candidates called themselves), this book documents the achievements and frustrated hopes of a remarkable group of women whose desire to serve their country fell victim to hostility toward such aspirations. Drawing from archival research and interviews with participants, Weitekamp traces the rise and fall of the Woman in Space program within the context of the cold war and the thriving women's aviation culture of the 1950s. Weitekamp's study sheds light on a little-known but compelling chapter in the history of the U.S. space program and the rise of the women's movement in America.

The Johns Hopkins University Press

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Editorial Reviews

Historian
Weitekamp's vivid writing brings to life the texture of American life in what she calls the 'prefeminist' era.

— Bettyann Holtzmann Kevles

Choice

What this book does better than its competitors is to uncover and present the political story that killed the space program for women in this country.

American Historical Review
Weitekamp gives us a well-researched... study of this pre-feminist movement attempt to put women into outer space.

— Robert D. Dean

Journal of Military History
This book sets a high standard for future studies of space policy and gender in politics, and includes an outstanding essay on sources that will be of great assistance to students of women's and space history.

— Elizabeth Lutes Hillman

Journal of American History
The most carefully researched and analyzed account of this important chapter in the history of the U.S. space program... Highly recommended.

— Deborah G. Douglas

Air Power History
Weitekamp has done a terrific job of capturing a fascinating story.

— Joseph Romito

Space Times
Presents a well documented, skillfully crafted perspective on the stifling political, social, and cultural milieu in which thirteen aspiring female astronauts found themselves during the late 1950s and early 1960s.

— Rick W. Sturdevant

History: Reviews of New Books

The best, most balanced treatment available about the thirteen Fellow Lady Astronaut Trainees.

— Amy E. Foster

Westside Chronicle

A solidly researched, fact-driven account of the brief flameout known as Women in Space program.

Satellite Evolution Group

This book offers a fascinating read for anyone interested in the early history of the American space program, as well as those non-spacers interested in women's studies.

AssociatedContent.com
A solidly researched, fact-driven account... Weitekamp is the rare historian who sees the big picture as well as the fine detail.

— Eve Lichtgarn

History: Reviews of New Books
The best, most balanced treatment available about the thirteen Fellow Lady Astronaut Trainees.

— Amy E. Foster

H-Minerva, H-Net Reviews - Sarah Eppler Janda

Weitekamp's clear prose, engaging style of storytelling, and rich analysis make this not only an important book but a lively and enjoyable read.

History: Reviews of New Books - Amy E. Foster

The best, most balanced treatment available about the thirteen Fellow Lady Astronaut Trainees.

Journal of American History - Deborah G. Douglas

The most carefully researched and analyzed account of this important chapter in the history of the U.S. space program... Highly recommended.

AssociatedContent.com - Eve Lichtgarn

A solidly researched, fact-driven account... Weitekamp is the rare historian who sees the big picture as well as the fine detail.

American Historical Review - Robert D. Dean

Weitekamp gives us a well-researched... study of this pre-feminist movement attempt to put women into outer space.

Journal of Military History - Elizabeth Lutes Hillman

This book sets a high standard for future studies of space policy and gender in politics, and includes an outstanding essay on sources that will be of great assistance to students of women's and space history.

Space Times - Rick W. Sturdevant

Presents a well documented, skillfully crafted perspective on the stifling political, social, and cultural milieu in which thirteen aspiring female astronauts found themselves during the late 1950s and early 1960s.

Historian - Bettyann Holtzmann Kevles

Weitekamp's vivid writing brings to life the texture of American life in what she calls the 'prefeminist' era.

Air Power History - Joseph Romito

Weitekamp has done a terrific job of capturing a fascinating story.

Historian

Weitekamp's vivid writing brings to life the texture of American life in what she calls the 'prefeminist' era.

— Bettyann Holtzmann Kevles

Choice

What this book does better than its competitors is to uncover and present the political story that killed the space program for women in this country.

American Historical Review

Weitekamp gives us a well-researched... study of this pre-feminist movement attempt to put women into outer space.

— Robert D. Dean

Journal of Military History

This book sets a high standard for future studies of space policy and gender in politics, and includes an outstanding essay on sources that will be of great assistance to students of women's and space history.

— Elizabeth Lutes Hillman

Journal of American History

The most carefully researched and analyzed account of this important chapter in the history of the U.S. space program... Highly recommended.

— Deborah G. Douglas

Air Power History

Weitekamp has done a terrific job of capturing a fascinating story.

— Joseph Romito

Space Times

Presents a well documented, skillfully crafted perspective on the stifling political, social, and cultural milieu in which thirteen aspiring female astronauts found themselves during the late 1950s and early 1960s.

— Rick W. Sturdevant

Westside Chronicle

A solidly researched, fact-driven account of the brief flameout known as Women in Space program.

Satellite Evolution Group

This book offers a fascinating read for anyone interested in the early history of the American space program, as well as those non-spacers interested in women's studies.

AssociatedContent.com

A solidly researched, fact-driven account... Weitekamp is the rare historian who sees the big picture as well as the fine detail.

— Eve Lichtgarn

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Meet the Author

Margaret A. Weitekamp is curator in the Division of Space History at the National Air and Space Museum, Washington, D.C.

The Johns Hopkins University Press

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