Women of many nationalities have worked in space. The first woman in space, Soviet cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova, flew in 1963. Space flight programs were slow to employ women, and only began to include them from the 1980s.
2019 Giant Step
However, we had to wait till 18th October 2019 to witness the first all-women spacewalk. Last Friday, Christina Koch was first to emerge from the International Space Station, followed by Jessica Meir. The walk to repair a power controller lasted seven hours and 17 minutes and included a brief call with President Trump.
Ms Koch said these gender milestones are very significant as they inspire everyone. Ms Meir praised the efforts of the many women of previous decades who worked to achieve this monumental goal.