Exhibition I Saw : The Women of NASA

For EXHIBITION I SAW, D’s Art Takes and Divvya Nirula bring you Top-Hit’s of Gallery and Museum Exhibits we’ve visited. Today we look at the National Women’s History Museum. And its exhibition : The Women of NASA.

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration is an American agency. It is one of the most prominent bodies in the world dedicated to space research. Set up in 1958, NASA was successor to the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA).

The Women of NASA

The Women of NASA is an online exhibition. It is brought to you by the National Women’s History Museum. The museum aims to highlight the women who changed the course of American history. This particular show celebrates the stalwart female scientists of the NACA and later NASA.

The show outlines a trajectory of evolution starting from the 1920s. Pearl Young was the first woman to hired by the NACA in 1922. Her astuteness and demand for accuracy made her the Chief Technical Editor. This was a role she undertook for over 2 decades.

The digital exhibition outlines many such stories of women who revolutionised the way NASA works. It showcases the life and career of Kitty O’Brien Joyner, the NACA’s first female engineer. Dorothy Vaughan became the first African American to head an entire section. And many more inspiring women that contributed to the agency’s evolution and identity as the leading organisation for space research.

From leading teams to teaching their male counterparts to use computers, these women were at the top of the field. Using images, video and text, the exhibition is an ode to their work.


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