Black History Month Woman of the Day: Mae Jemison


Traveling beyond Earth into the universe has always been one of most interesting jobs in the world. Mae Jemison (1956-present) had a fascination with space since she was young and always knew she would one take a trip to the moon. Jemison attended Stanford University at 16 and earned a B.S. in chemical engineering. While there, she received racism for being a black woman in a field where white men prospered. The fearlessness of her youth allowed her do things someone older might be too timid to try.

Mae earned her Doctor of Medicine degree in 1981 from Weil Medical College at Cornell University and joined the Peace Corps for a short time. By 1983, she applied to join NASA. She was declined the first time, but in 1987 she was finally accepted. By 1992 she became the first African American woman to travel into space aboard Space Shuttle Endeavour.

A year later she resigned from NASA and established her own company, The Jemison Group, that researches, markets, and integrates science and technology into the lives of others. Presently, she makes guest appearances on shows and events. Her drive and bravery opened the door for many African American women to join in on the sciences and make their way to space.