How many of you know that Sally Ride recently passed away? Oh and how many of you know or remember who she was? Her death, at the age of 61, received so little press or news time and yet she was such a huge inspiration to a generation of girls to get into the sciences.
Yet when people such as Whitney Houston, Andy Griffith and the like pass away there are 20 minutes of memorials on the news and everyone talks about them. There are memorials for months afterwards to keep their memories alive. Please, do not get me wrong…those people were huge and were an important part of our lives.
But it is people such as Sally Ride that are truly the heroes. She lived her life contributing and tyring to get young people, especially girls, involved in the sciences. Oh sure, she may have had a female life partner but so what? Does that truly make a difference as to who she was or what she did? The other celebraties that are celebrated upon their deaths are much more open about their sexual lives which in many cases leave much to be desired.
We must learn to look at the right people to be our heroes, to be our legends, our legacies. Those people are not always the ones that are in the news all the time.