first hispanic female astronaut

Happy International Women's Day!!!

Some famous women for you:

Rear Admiral Grace Hopper, inventor of the compiler.

Dr. Patricia Bath, inventor and pioneer of laser eye surgery.

Kalpana Chawla, first Indian woman in space.

Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony, leaders of the American women’s suffrage movement 

Ellen Ochoa, first Hispanic female astronaut 

Margaret Hamilton, with the Apollo 11 mission coding that she wrote 

Jia-Yan Gu, BT research scientist

Laverne Cox, first trans woman on the cover of TIME and the first trans woman to be nominated for an Emmy

J.K. Rowling, author of the Harry Potter series, philanthropist, and founder of the Volant Charitable Trust 

King Peggielene Bartels, current ruler of Otuam, Ghana

Malala Yousufzai, education advocate and the youngest Nobel Peace Prize recipient to date 

Dame Julie Andrews, actress and inspiration to women everywhere

Emma Watson, actress and women’s right’s activist 

To all the women in the military around the world.

To all the mothers.

 To all women of religious orders.

To all female sex workers.

And to you, the strong, bold, intelligent woman who is reading this. I want you to know that you matter and that you are loved.

This week’s Hispanic Heritage Month portrait honors Ellen Ochoa, the world’s first Hispanic female astronaut. 

In 1993, Ochoa flew aboard Space Shuttle Discovery on a 9-day mission to study solar effects on the Earth’s climate. She logged more than 978 hours in space throughout her career. Listen to Michel Martin’s interview with Ellen Ochoa, “Exploring Space, Unearthing Human Emotions,” on NPR’s Tell Me More.