No. 3: The Feminine Frontier
Married to NASA by Leila A. McNeill
The Astronaut and the Astronautrix by Anna Reser
In this issue, we cover two different takes on writing the histories of women involved with the space program of the 1960's. As we know, there were no American women who flew in space until the 80's, so the women we do find in the history of space exploration are often at the fringes of the traditional narrative. We follow the work of two authors working in these margins to recover women's stories: Lily Koppel investigates the lives of women married to astronauts, and Margaret Weitekamp uncovers the frankly infuriating story of why none of those astronauts were themselves women.
*Banner image | Members of the original Mercury 13 via NASA Image Gallery