Move aside Batman, for the first gay woman and American woman in space Sally Ride is to be immortalized with a Lego figure.
A set of five new figurines, based on real female scientists, engineers and astronauts, will be out in late 2017.
Honoring five pioneers of the American space program, the design was created by science writer Maia Weinstock who won the Lego Ideas competition.
— Maia Weinstock (@20tauri) February 28, 2017
Joining Hide are:
- Katherine Johnson, portrayed by Taraji P Henson in Hidden Figures, a mathematician who’s work in NASA spans decades.
- Nancy Grace Roman, the ‘Mother of Hubble’, for helping to create the Huhble Space Telescope
- Mae Jemison, the first African American woman in space
- Margaret Hamilton, a pioneering computer scientist and software designer who developed on-board flight software for the Apollo space program
‘What Ride did to support women and girls in the STEM fields is remarkable,’ Weinstock told the Washington Post.
‘I knew I wanted to include her because she’s already fairly famous, so that would help the set gain some traction, but also because of all of the work she’s done post-NASA, to encourage young people to go into science and [engineering].’
This project is dedicated to the memory of Sally Ride, who tirelessly encouraged children to “reach for the stars.” pic.twitter.com/ZaIRGaacDh
— Maia Weinstock (@20tauri) August 2, 2016
She added: ‘Young girls need to see role models in whatever careers they may choose, just so they can picture themselves doing those jobs someday. You can’t be what you can’t see.’
Ride died in 2012 at the age of 61 after a 17-month battle against pancreatic cancer, coming out in her own obituary.
A year later, she was awarded a posthumous Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama.
‘We remember Sally Ride not just as a national hero, but as a role model to generations of young women,’ Obama said when announcing her selection.
‘Sally inspired us to reach for the stars, and she advocated for a greater focus on the science, technology, engineering and math that would help us get there. Sally showed us that there are no limits to what we can achieve.’