Celebrate the Life of America’s First Woman in Space

Target: Patrick R. Donahoe, United States Postmaster General and CEO of the United States Postal Service

Goal: Celebrate the life of Sally Ride, the first American female in space, by honoring her with a commemorative stamp.

Professor, scholar, pioneer, writer, physicist, and astronaut—Sally Ride was known for many things, but it was perhaps the last title that she will be remembered for the most. After a 17-month long battle with pancreatic cancer, Sally Ride succumbed to the disease on Monday. She was 61 years old.

In a statement made after the news of her death reached the public, President Barack Obama applauded Ride for her contribution to the American public and culture. “Sally was a national hero and a powerful role model,” said Obama. “She inspired generations of young girls to reach the stars.”

It was in 1978, after already earning her doctorate in physics from California’s Stanford University, that Ride was selected as a candidate for NASA’s astronaut program. She would go on to beat out five other women to become the first American female to go into space. On two different occasions she would take the journey (in 1983 and 1984)—clocking in a total of 343 hours.

Even on the ground, Ride was never very far from the space program. After the Columbia shuttle incident, Ride served on the commission investigating the event and was picked to serve on the president’s committee of science advisers. In a profession largely dominated by men, Sally Ride made a name for herself and inspired countless young women and girls to do the same.

“All adventures, especially into new territory, are scary,” Ride once said. But with Ride in the lead, even the scariest adventure is worth taking on. Tell the U.S. Postmaster General to honor Ride’s amazing life with her own commemorative stamp.


Dear Mr. Donahoe,

There is no doubt that Sally Ride was one of the most notable women in American history. As the first American woman into space, Ride paved the way for young women and girls all over the country to pursue the sciences—a field largely dominated by men at the time of her first launch in 1983.

And for Ride, space was not the finish line. The young astronaut wore many hats including, but not limited to, professor, physicist, author, and even stamp collector.

With her recent passing it only seems right to honor Ride in a fitting way. In the past, the United States commemorative postage stamps have honored a number of notable American authors, composers, inventors and educators. I urge you to add Sally Ride to that list.


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