She is best known for being the first American woman to go into Space, which is a great achievement with males taking the limelight in science in many different areas.
This made her a role model for many young women all over the world who also wanted to go down the Scientific route of life and a career, without worrying that it was more known as a male type of job. When we imagine a laboratory, we see in our minds men in white jackets and frizzy hair running around the place, when in fact nowadays there are women involved in that picture too, perhaps with frizzy hair, although this may need to be proven.
Sally sadly passed away at the age of 61 this week after contracting pancreatic cancer. She was known as a Physicist.
She also had a same-sex partner, who is also a doctor. They met when they were just 12 years old, making them life-long friends. Her name is Dr. Tam O’Shaughnessy, and she is a Professor at San Diego University teaching Psychology.
They were together for 27 years, however only recently told the world about their relationship. Now that’s a well kept secret.