Commemorating a Pioneering Spirit

The United States Postal Service has a new stamp commemorating Sally Ride, the first American woman to rocket into space.  The stamp was unveiled at a ceremony yesterday on the UC San Diego campus with many of Sally Ride’s family members and friends in attendance who shared stories about the pioneering astronaut.  Chancellor Khosla shared how proud we are that Sally Ride called UC San Diego home for nearly two decades as a Professor of Physics.  He also highlighted the shared passion of Sally Ride and our university in educating the next generation of innovators and explorers, and he said we are committed to carrying on Sally Ride’s legacy of pushing boundaries, challenging expectations and taking risks so we can make our world a better place.

A special Women in Leadership panel was held afterwards featuring trailblazing women and friends of Sally Ride, including Billie Jean King, Ellen Ochoa, Condoleeza Rice and Lynn Sherr.  Sally Ride’s life partner, Tam O’Shaughnessy, helped organize and bring the events to campus, as well as Sally Ride Science at UC San Diego, where she serves as the Executive Director.

Billie Jean King