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    An untold story until now

    I remember the selection of the original 7 male Mercury astronauts, but knew absolutely nothing about these women who took the same tests that the men did, passed them with flying colors, and yet were excluded from the space program until 1978. I didn't know that these women had been excluded. Of course, it was the 50s and 60s, and everyone was excluded except white males. Infuriating. And even though today women and persons of color are not totally excluded from the military, the space program, executive suites of corporations, and politics, there is still covert discrimination. My sister used to have a sign on her desk that said, "For a woman to be considered to be half as good as a man, she must work twice as hard. Fortunately, this is not difficult." And the more things change, the more they stay the same. Ms. Ackman has done a wonderful job of telling the history of these women and their attempt to be included in the early space exploration efforts.

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