Lori Wyer’s WS320 Blog

Technology at the Time

On October 4, 1957, the Soviets launched the first satellite into space (Nolen, pg 5).  The launch of “Sputnik” marked the beginning of the space race between the United States and the Soviet Union.  Much to our chagrin, it was a race that the Soviets were winning. 

Finally, on May 5, 1961, approximately one month after the Soviets had already accomplished the feat, the United States sent the first man into space.  Alan Shepherd, part of the Mercury 7 team, was the first American man to represent our country in space (Nolen, pg 82).  While we still weren’t winning the space race, seemingly always one step behind the Soviets, we were now at least in the race.

In everyday life, some people enjoyed the luxury of black and white television sets.  This enabled many people to be able to be more in touch with what was going on in their world.  In a sense, however, it also allowed women to be able to see exactly how much they were missing out on.

Dishwashers were becoming more common in households.  While this was a definite benefit to have and eliminated the necessity to wash by hand, it still required women to spend the time rinsing, loading and unloading the dishes.

Automobiles were quite common and women were even allowed to drive! 

The Early Years

Jerrie the Astronaut

What Happened to the Women-in-Space Program?

Awards and Honors


Technology at the Time

Jerrie Now





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