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Flying Lessons: One Woman's Story Paperback – October 4, 2010
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I wanted to be a veterinarian in a place where that meant treating horses and cattle far more than cats and dogs. The vet told me a girl vet wouldn't be strong enough. That I wouldn't be able to haul my equipment out into the field where the cattle were. So scratch that.
Then I wanted to be a smokejumper, what is now called a wildland firefighter. The ranger in our local Forest Service office patted my ten-year-old self on the head and laughed.
"You could be our secretary, kid, but you'd never fly with us," he said.
On to being an astronaut. I was told, "The men all have to test pilots, honey."
The standard choices were nurse or teacher then. I became a teacher. A teacher who told her female students not to listen to the NO people. Girls can do what they want if they work hard, learn the ropes and believe in themselves.
Sherry Rossiter's book, Flying Lessons: One Woman's Story, proves that even in those benighted times for a woman's right to choose a profession, there were determined women like Sherry who ignored the barriers and did what their hearts told them to do. To be.
She was courageous and creative in building her future. Her story is inspiring. She makes me proud. She makes me wish I had not been so easily discouraged. Maybe I could have been the Sally Ride of astronauts.
Sherry's book inspires me to dream again of what might have been. And for my granddaughter, what definitely can be....
Thanks, Sherry. You prove that women who work hard can do anything.