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Mercury 13

By Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Inspiring docu about '60s female pilots who faced sexism.

Movie NR 2018 78 minutes
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This documentary reminds us that people willing to fight for their rights are often considered dangerous at the time they launch their quests, but history usually comes down on the side of equality. The women lobbying to be allowed to fly for NASA recognized the threat their dreams posed to established norms and tried to couch their arguments in calming terms that wouldn't ruffle the feathers of the males in power. In 1962, pilots Jerrie Cobb and Janey Hart, wife of Senator Philip Hart, testified before a House subcommittee on astronaut selection. Cobb diplomatically stated, "we women pilots ... are not trying to join a battle of the sexes. ... We seek, only, a place in our nation's space future without discrimination." When Cobb is interviewed, a clueless reporter asks why there is a need for women in the space program. The dopiness of the question illustrates how far women had to go to achieve their place in the male-dominated field. The women in Mercury 13 show themselves to be role models for all who just want a fair shot at living their dreams.

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