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Sally Ride

[ 9 ] July 24, 2012 |

Sally Ride indeed blasted through the space ceiling for women.

Her death is a sad day.

It’s made even sadder by the fact that despite her pioneering past, she couldn’t crack another ceiling–the one allowing same-sex partners to receive the same death benefits from the government that partners in heterosexual marriages receive.

Here’s a bit about her partner, Tam O’Shaughnessy. Although they didn’t become partners until 1985, they were friends from the age of 12.


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  1. Bijan Parsia says:

    It’s a very sweet story. They both rock!

    I hope they give O’Shaughnessy her benefits retrospectively. It is a disgrace.

  2. […] Here is something NASA omitted to mention: despite her pioneering past, she couldn’t crack another […]

  3. DocAmazing says:

    Valentina Tereshkova welcomes her.

  4. Anderson says:

    And if you want to puke up your breakfast, here’s Debbie Schlussel on Ride, who was no hero, but “the beneficiary of militant feminism.” Which I’m sure you’ll recall had NASA, and Reagan’s America at large, in its iron-fisted, testicle-crushing grip.

    (Was googling for a pic of Tereshkova and Ride together, and found Schlussel. I need some sort of internet filter on my browser.)

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