Source: Trailblazing First American Woman in Space, Sally Ride Science
As the first female astronaut, Sally had to be a leader; she was setting a precedent for women. "How Ride chose to handle the first flight could have had significant ramifications for the other women astronauts" (Foster, 2011). According to Kathy Sullivan, "A guy coming in and making noise or throwing a tantrum to have a suit or a stowage adjusted the way he wanted it for his flight was kind of the norm. But the first time the next woman astronaut does that, you just kind of know somebody's going to say, 'See, I told you the girls were going to do this all the time!'"