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Unsung Sheroes: 10 Historical Black Women Figures

Mae Jemison, 1988Dr. Mae C. Jemison

Houston, we’ve found our wonder woman! Dr. Mae C. Jemison was the first African-American woman astronaut and the first African-American to travel in space during the Space Shuttle Endeavour mission in September 1992.

A graduate of Stanford University, Jemison entered college at the age of 16 and earned a B.S. in chemical engineering and a B.A. in African-American studies. She later graduated with a medical degree from Cornell Medical College and served in the Peace Corps before being recruited by NASA in 1987.

Jemison left NASA in 1993 to start the Jemison Group, a company that researches the application of technology to everyday life. She is currently a professor-at-large at Cornell University and strives to increase minority interest in the sciences.

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