Cool Women in History- Mae Jemison

September 12th, 1992- First African-American woman in space!

Mae Jemison was born in Decatur, Alabama in 1956. When Mae Jemison was five years old, she was asked what she wanted to be when she grew up. Mae replied: “A scientist.”  Not many women became scientists back then, and certainly few black women.However, Mae Jemison wanted to be a scientist, and she wouldn’t let anyone hold her back. She attended Stanford University at the age of 16. There, she received a degree in chemical engineering and African studies. She became a medical doctor before being accepted into NASA’s astronaut program in 1987. There, Mae Jemison became the first ever black woman to go to space on September 12th, 1992. A year later, she established her own company to develop and market advanced technologies called the Jemison Group. Overall, Mae Jemison was a role model for many by simply doing what God had called her to do.astronaut-spacewalk-iss-tools

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