Sally Ride became the first American woman to go into space when she flew on the space shuttle Challenger on June 18, 1983. After attending Stanford and receiving her bachelor’s in English and Physics, Ride applied to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). Ride was selected from the thousands of applicants. Ride was selected as one of NASA’s first six female astronauts and began spaceflight training in 1978. Ride became a frequent topic of discussion because of her gender, and would often be asked misogynistic questions such as, “Will the flight affect your reproductive organs?” and “Do you weep when things go wrong on the job?”. Despite being asked illogical and unnecessary questions, Ride only saw herself as an astronaut, her being a woman didn’t change that. President Barack Obama posthumously awarded her the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor, in November 2013. Ride is an inspiration to girls and women around the world since she was able to break barriers in science and technology.