Land & Space: Women's Contributions to the National Parks System & US Space Program
By Richard Ma, MiraCosta College
The MCC Library Exhibit Series continues its exploration of women's suffrage and equality with the latest exhibit entitled "Land & Space: Women's Contributions to the National Parks System & US Space Program." This exhibit showcases notable women who overcame great obstacles and made important contributions to both the National Park System and the United States Space Program. These women came from different ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds and yet were united in their passion and dedication for the causes they believed in. Though some faced ridicule, misrepresentation, and outright rejection, their perseverance challenged the rigid cultural expectations of the day and paved the way for younger generations. From Minerva Hoyt, who tirelessly lobbied for the creation of Joshua Tree National Park, despite being initially turned down, to Katherine Jonson--a NASA mathematician, whose calculations were critical to the success of the first U.S. crewed spaceflights, these women's stories are a key part of the American story and a source of strength and inspiration. We celebrate their example and those who carry on the spirit of these courageous women today.
The exhibit will on display through December 15, 2019.