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Sally Ride’s legacy: Google Plus Hangout with She the People

What’s the most important line in Sally Ride’s obituary? She the People’s Karen Tumulty, Bonnie Goldstein, Mary C. Curtis and Suzi Parker discussed Sally Ride’s legacy in a Google+ Hangout.

The first American woman to travel in space passed away Monday at 61 of pancreatic cancer. She spent the last years of her life helping promote science and technology opportunities for women through her company, Sally Ride Science.

Ride was also criticized by some posthumously for not speaking out about her sexuality — many of Ride’s fans did not know she had a female partner until her obituary was published, naming her partner of 27 years.

Here are the links to some of the pieces and blog posts we discussed in the Hangout, and the first round of “Girl Crushes” — the women our panel and guests think you should know about

Karen Tumulty: Sally Ride’s legacy is greater than her space trips

Suzi Parker: Sally Ride didn’t want to be a gay icon

Here’s Bonnie’s post on her girl crush, Savannah Dietrich, who tweeted the names of the men who sexually assaulted her despite the threat of being held in contempt of court.

Karen’s girl crush was Gabby Giffords, whose photo from a peak in the French Alps was a welcome sight after so much news about the tragedy in Colorado.

Mary gave a shout out to another Gabby, gymnast Gabrielle Douglas, whose big sacrifices will finally be rewarded next week when she competes for the U.S. Olympic team in London.

Suzi’s girl crush was Amelia Earhart, who would have turned 115 this week. Here’s Donna Trussell’s post on her from last week.

And our guest, Suzi Steffen of Oregon, gave a shout out to the University of Iowa’s Women’s Resource Action Center . The group is dedicated to fostering women’s empowerment on their campus.

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Natalie Jennings is a senior producer for Washington Post Video.

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