When I was writing “Jam for Tea” I recalled that the first woman to be blasted up into space was the Russian, Valentina Tereshkova.
Sometime later I found myself trying to remember the name of the first British woman to make that exciting journey into space. It was of course Helen Sharman who was born in 1963 just one month before Valentina Tereshkova made her historic flight.
Learning about Valentina and Helen inspired me to find out about other British women trailblazers.
I’ve discovered the stories of some amazing women: some you’ll have heard of before and some you might not. I hope you enjoy reading about these women as much as I’ve enjoyed discovering their stories.