International Women’s Day has been observed for over a hundred years. On March 8, R/V Sally Ride had a science party of eighteen, eleven of whom were female. Professors, engineers, technicians, undergrad and graduate students, and even high school students come to do their research on the ship.
Not to mention the ship’s namesake. Dr. Sally Ride was America’s first woman in space, shattering the ultimate glass ceiling. Part of NASA’s first group of female astronauts, she went on the Space Shuttle Challenger twice in her career. After retirement, she co-founded Sally Ride Science, an organization that continues to encourage young women to pursue their interest in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) careers.
The Navy naming Scripps’ newest research vessel after this strong female role model challenges us to live up to her legacy. R/V Sally Ride will continue to explore the Pacific Ocean, welcoming all scientists and inspiring the next generation of girls to pursue their dreams.