Her-story Thursdays: Mae Jemison

Born October 17, 1956, Mae Jemison was the first African American woman in space. She recieved her Bachelors of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from Stanford University in 1977, and her Medical degree from Cornell in 1981. Jemison worked as a general practitioner for several years, and joined NASAs space program in 1987.

As a part of NASAs program, she helped with launch support and computer software verification. In 1992 she took part in a joint mission between United States and Japan which made her the first African American in Space. She was the co-investigator on the stem cell research project that was flown on the Endevor mission. Mae Jemison left NASA in March 1993 after spending a total of 190 hours, 30 minutes, and 23 seconds.

After leaving NASA, Mae Jemison created a company, The Jemison Group to research technologies application to daily life. She currently holds nine honorary doctorates and is the principal of the 100 Year Starship Organization.

Mae Jemison was not only the first African American woman in space, she also became an inspiration for women and girls everywhere. Mae Jemison should be a role model for girls everywhere, proving that you can beat the odds and achieve your dreams.

Mae Jemison