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She blazed the trail and a space for American women and now she wants young girls to discover that studying science is cool.
Here's our power player of the.
There's no achievement gap between girls and boys.
But there is an attitude GAAP.
Sally ride with the first American woman in space.
Now she wants to make sure other girls are leaders in science and technology.
That's already speculating.
She -- started the Sally ride science academy with ExxonMobil.
To keep kids interest -- in this area especially young women.
What we're seeing now around the world is that other countries.
In Asia in Europe are putting much more focus on science and technology.
-- we are.
And I've worked with kids and teachers.
You'll find ways to make science interest it.
We tend to lose their hearts.
Even if not their minds in.
Fifth -- seventh -- and and we don't get him back and she says there's an even bigger problem with the girls might have been cool to prove to be this point your math class they also have a stereotype of -- scientist.
Good looking guy that looks like Einstein -- lab coat pocket protector and you know if you're an eleven year old girl that's not something you aspire to.
Right says it can be as simple as telling girls about a woman who made a scientific breakthrough.
The looks in the eyes of the girls who may have steadied me in school what was the fascination of science for -- I'd just absolutely loved the idea.
Of learning something that nobody knew and I still remember that.
The Dave -- and I had been working on.
A physics problems got to the end of that calculation in just realized it.
I had just done something -- else had done I knew something that no one else you.
After seeing an -- from NASA and the Stanford student paper.
Sally ride applied to be an astronaut.
She flew on shuttle challenger.
It was in an unbelievable honor to.
Just be the first American woman to go into space this thing that has given me the ability to do.
Is to try to make a difference.
Now in in young girls' lives and try to get a little bit of -- back.
Within months the shuttle program will end.
The US won't be able to put people back into space for years.
Depressed frankly by a big gap in our ability to launch people.
And what of the split among astronauts.
About whether to return to the moon or aim for Mars.
Astronauts have have always.
Held their own opinions and and not been shy about.
Stating their opinions but -- scientists right -- but -- scientists and engineers.
But -- the launch pad stands empty.
Mine says the focus should be on other Iraq.
We need to have next generation of of rocket scientists and environmental engineers.
And they're in school today.
Sally ride -- women make up almost half the workforce but have only a quarter of the jobs in science and technology.
With eight of the ten fastest growing careers in those areas she doesn't want girls to lose out.
You could see more of our interview with Sally ride at FOX News Sunday dot com and that's it for tonight have a great way.
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