Save up to 20% on the price of your tickets! It's easy... Become a member today! If you are already a member, log in to get your member rate. Fighting for Space: Pilots Jackie Cochran and Jerrie Cobb Part of the Smithsonian American Women’s History Initiative, Because of Her StoryEvening Program on Zoom Wednesday, May 26, 2021 - 6:45 p.m. ET Code: 1L0392 Tickets Login $20 - Member 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 $25 - Non-Member Resize text remove add Amy Shira Teitel (Photo: Jeaneen Lund) PROGRAM DESCRIPTION When the space age dawned in the late 1950s, Jackie Cochran held more propeller and jet flying records than any pilot of the 20th century—man or woman. She had led the Women's Auxiliary Service Pilots during WWII, was the first woman to break the sound barrier, ran her own luxury cosmetics company, and counted multiple presidents among her friends. She was more qualified than any woman in the world to make the leap from atmosphere to orbit. Yet it was Jerrie Cobb, 25 years Cochran’s junior and a record-holding pilot in her own right, who finagled her way into taking the same medical tests as the Mercury astronauts. The prospect of flying in space quickly became her obsession. As the American and international media fell in love with the idea of a nonexistent “woman astronaut" program, Cochran and Cobb struggled to gain control of the narrative, each hoping to turn the rumored program into their own ideal reality—an issue that ultimately went all the way to Congress. Drawing on her new book Fighting for Space: Two Pilots and Their Historic Battle for Female Spaceflight, space historian and television host Amy Shira Teitel tells the fascinating story of these trailblazers who spent years as adversaries in search of the same goal: creating a place for women in the male-dominated arena of aviation and space flight. Copies of Fighting for Space (Grand Central Publishing) are available for purchase. BOOK SALE INFORMATION Purchase your copy of Fighting for Space by Amy Shira Teitel here. SPECIAL NOTE: Politics and Prose is offering a 10% discount to Smithsonian Associates ticket-holders. To claim your discount, enter the code SPECIAL10 (no space between letters and numbers) in the “Coupon discount” section on Politics and Prose's check-out page. PATRON INFORMATION If you register multiple individuals, you will be asked to supply individual names and email addresses so they can receive a Zoom link email. Please note that if there is a change in program schedule or a cancellation, we will notify you via email, and it will be your responsibility to notify other registrants in your group. Unless otherwise noted, registration for streaming programs typically closes two hours prior to the start time on the date of the program. Once registered, patrons should receive an automatic email confirmation from CustomerService@SmithsonianAssociates.org. Separate Zoom link information will be emailed closer to the date of the program. If you do not receive your Zoom link information 24 hours prior to the start of the program, please email Customer Service for assistance. View Common FAQs about our Streaming Programs on Zoom. This program is part of ourSmithsonian Associates Streaming series.