On June 18, 1928, Amelia Earhart became the first woman to fly across the Atlantic as a passenger. She accompanied pilots Wilmer Stultz and Louis Gordon in the Fokker Friendship, a tri-motor aircraft.
Earhart, Stultz, and Gordon successfully made it across the Atlantic in around 21 hours.
Exactly 55 years later, on this day in 1983, Sally Ride became the first American woman to fly to space.
Obama later said of Presidential Medal of Freedom winner Dr. Sally Ride:
Sally inspired us to reach for the stars, and she advocated for a greater focus on the science, technology, engineering and math that would help us get there. Sally showed us that there are no limits to what we can achieve…
These two record-breaking and inspiring women proved that the sky’s the limit in what women and science can accomplish.