DR. MAE JEMISON
Jemison was the first African-American woman to travel in space when she went into orbit aboard the space shuttle Endeavour. Jemison grew up in very humble beginnings as the youngest child of a maintenance supervisor and an elementary school teacher. Growing up, Jemison was often discouraged from her love of science by teachers who didn’t believe in the visions she saw for herself. Still, she achieved great success. During her time at Stanford University in 1973, Jemison struggled with white professors who simply pretended she wasn’t there. She said often that they would ignore or ridicule her questions while praising her white male counterparts. Clearly all that’s changed as Jemison is the principal of 100 Year Starship project and holds nine honorary doctorates.