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Lass in space: How women conquered the cosmos

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Getting into space in the 20th century was backed by massive military tension between the world’s two superpowers, the United States and the Soviet Union. The huge investments made in getting out there paid off in huge developments in technology and science we take for granted today.

To even be considered for participation for massive state efforts to stare down at our home world from a tin can in nothingness, you essentially have to be some sort of übermensch with physical and mental superpowers. Unbeknownst to most, some of the mutants who’ve attempted to get their feet in the airlock hatch have, since the earliest days, been women. Here are a few of their striking stories.

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All that jazz: 7 women that jazzed up music forever

With the birth of jazz in early 20th century New Orleans, American music was changed forever. While jazz musicians often faced racial discrimination, women in jazz often had to overcome sexism as well. However, women were a major force in shaping the jazz genre, doing everything from singing to playing instruments and composing. Let’s take a look at the lives and careers of 7 women who played roles in shaping jazz.

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The incredible story of aviation sensation Bessie Coleman

“Because of Bessie Coleman, we have overcome that which was worse than racial barriers. We have overcome the barriers within ourselves and dared to dream” -Lieutenant William J. Powell

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Elizabeth “Bessie” Coleman, the first African American female pilot, had the drive and ambition to achieve more in 6 short years than many people achieve in a lifetime.

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