Mae Jemison – Women’s Month

Mae Jemison - Womens Month

Hannah Dunson, Editor: Virginia Bates

Mae Jemison was born on October 17, 1956. In a time where racism was at a full-time high and humanity was at a full-time low. Mae attended Weill Cornell of Medicine, Stanford University, and Morgan Park High School.

Mae Jemison grew up in Chicago in a time she had to fight for what she wanted even at the age of 10. In  1985, Jemison made a career change from medicine to something she was always dreaming of. In October of 1985, Jemison applied to NASA’s astronaut program.

During a delay in 1986, Jemison applied again the following year being chosen from over 2,000 candidates. In 1987, Jemison became the first African-American woman to be admitted into the space program. After a year of training, she became the first African-American woman astronaut. 

        She also earned the titles of “science mission specialist”. This job requires her to conduct crew-related experiments. In total, Jamison spent 190 hours in space before returning to Earth in September 1992.

Jamison pointed out that society should recognize how much both women and members of minorities could contribute if given the opportunity. Mae Jemison is inspirational because she did the unthinkable and looked at the face of the unstoppable and completed her goal. She did what no other African-American dreamed of and proved “them” wrong. For hundreds of years where we were bound to this earth serving “them”. But Mae refused to stay chained, so she rose and stood up for something. Jemison is still alive to inspire and tell her story.