Now that Eminent Night has now come to a close, this post will outline some of my major information sources that I have used throughout my project.  Coming soon: my reflection on Night of the Notables.

Sally Ride Wikipedia Page:

This source provides a brief description of Sally’s life and accomplishments, and I used it at the very beginning of the project to decide on my notable person of study.  It is divided into the various stages of Sally’s life, and is easy to follow and understand, although it doesn’t go into detail on her personal views/opinions. I used the reference section to assist me in finding contacts for an interview, and for access to other information sources.

Sally Ride Science Website:

This website, founded by Sally Ride, helped me get an idea of the programs offered through her organization, and the effect that it has had on youth in America. I contacted the organization in hopes of an interview, and they were able to put me in contact with Bear Ride (See An Interview with Bear). Also, on this website there are links to some other websites that Sally founded, which are worth checking out:

Sally Ride Interview Video:

This site includes a Q&A type interview with Sally Ride, as well as some video footage of her responses. The questions vary from her life as a child to her predictions for  space exploration in the future. Also on this site, there is a brief biography of Sally Ride, as well as some photos. I found this resource quite helpful during the speech-writing stage of my project, because it gave me a really good insight on Sally’s thoughts, feelings and views on a variety of different subjects.

Sally Ride Quotes:

This is a website where I retrieved some of Sally’s quotes to use in my learning center. I think that there is a lot of evidence of Sally’s beliefs and morals in these quotes, such as her ideas of gender equality in science.

Sally Ride: The First American Woman in Space by Tom Riddolls:

This book details Sally’s early life and some milestones of her life, including her first flight, but also her later work at NASA. It is a simple, short book that provides a basic level of information on Sally, more geared towards a younger reader, but I still found it useful at times. The book has a section that goes into detail on the effect of the Challenger accident on Sally, about her closeness with the deceased astronauts and her work on the Rogers Commission responsible for investigating the explosion.

Ladybirds II: The Continuing Story of American Women in Aviation by Henry M. Holdem:

I did not read this entire book, as it focused more on female pilots than astronauts, but read portions that applied to my eminent person. I was quite intrigued by a section of the book that outlines the history of women in space, and the challenges that the very first women aviators encountered during their careers. This was not one of my main resources for this project, but I was mainly interested the parts that described the controversy caused by the notion of launching a woman into space.

I hope that these resources may assist another ambitious researcher in their journeys, or perhaps just someone eager to learn a bit more about Sally Ride. All of the information pulled from these sources really helped me establish an understanding of Sally, and connected me with people who were able to help me along in my own researching journey.