Mae C. Jemison is best known as the first ever female African-American astronaut.
Growing up, Mae Jemison had a lot of interests. She was passionate about everything from engineering, to dancing, to social justice. But the field that particularly inspired her was astronomy. Mae loved watching Star Trek, and was fascinated by the Apollo missions. But she saw a problem. There were no female astronauts.
At age 16, Mae Jemison entered Stanford University, which was where she first thought about applying to NASA. But she didn’t do it—yet. Instead, she became a doctor and pursued an international medical career for many years. It was not until she returned to the US that she applied to NASA and was chosen out of 2000 applicants. On September 12 1992, as mission specialist aboard the shuttle Endeavour, Mae Jemison became the first African-American woman to travel into space.
Much like her childhood self, the grownup Jemison continued to explore many paths after returning to Earth. She started foundations, wrote children’s books, became a public speaker inspiring minority students to pursue careers in science, and was professor of environmental studies at Dartmouth College. She was even a guest star on Star Trek, the show she had loved so much as a child. Mae Jemison has been inducted into both the National Women’s Hall of Fame and the International Space Hall of Fame.
What I find particularly fascinating about Mae Jemison is that she had so many different interests and she pursued them all, inspiring so many people in the process.
Guest Author and Shirt Design Artist
Maggie Donnelly is a high school student with a wide range of interests, including art, dance, science, and the environment. She has not yet seen an episode of Star Trek.
This version of the tee shirt uses the Gildan 5000L. The Gildan 5000L is a more relaxed cut, but still more fitted than the unisex shirt. Check measurements carefully.
.: 100% cotton (fiber content may vary for different colors)
.: Light fabric (5.3 oz/yd² (180 g/m²))
.: Tear-away label
.: Regular fit