The Story of Valentina Tereshkova's Life
Valentina Vladimiorvna Tereshkova was born in Russia in 1937 to parents Vladimir Tereshkov and Elena Fyodorovna Tereshkova.
When her father, Vladimir, died, Valentina's mother was left to raise Valentina and her two younger siblings.
Unfortunately, Valentina had to leave school at 17 to work at a tire factory. She continued to take classes however to finish her education.
Valentina became a first class parachuter in only a few years after she started making jumps around 20. She volunteered for the Cosmonaut Training
On June 16, 1963, Valentina headed into space on the Vostok-6. The Vostok-6 orbited the Earth 48 times. This officially made her the first woman to ever fly into space. This is a huge accomplishment and her most impressive one. This was when Russia and America were in an arms race and this gave Russia an advantage. When it safely returned, Valentina said, about space, "Once you've been into space, you appreciate how small and fragile the Earth is."
Valentina went on to training cosmonauts in Russia after the Vostok-6 mission. She worked in engineering for a good portion of her life.
She went on to work in government later in her life. She became Vice President of the International Democratic Federation of Women. This was one of the many things she was involved in.
Valentina was a pioneer for women in STEM(Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) fields. She was brave. She continues to inspire women, young and old, who may be intimidated by male-dominated fields. Valentina once said, "If women can be railroad workers in Russia, why can't they fly in space?" She continues to influence politics in Russia even in her late 70s.
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