What this book does better than its competitors is to uncover and present the political story that killed the space program for women in this country.
Weitekamp's clear prose, engaging style of storytelling, and rich analysis make this not only an important book but a lively and enjoyable read.
(Sarah Eppler Janda H-Minerva, H-Net Reviews
The best, most balanced treatment available about the thirteen Fellow Lady Astronaut Trainees.
(Amy E. Foster History: Reviews of New Books
The most carefully researched and analyzed account of this important chapter in the history of the U.S. space program... Highly recommended.
(Deborah G. Douglas Journal of American History
A solidly researched, fact-driven account... Weitekamp is the rare historian who sees the big picture as well as the fine detail.
(Eve Lichtgarn AssociatedContent.com
Weitekamp gives us a well-researched... study of this pre-feminist movement attempt to put women into outer space.
(Robert D. Dean American Historical Review
This book sets a high standard for future studies of space policy and gender in politics, and includes an outstanding essay on sources that will be of great assistance to students of women's and space history.
(Elizabeth Lutes Hillman Journal of Military History
Presents a well documented, skillfully crafted perspective on the stifling political, social, and cultural milieu in which thirteen aspiring female astronauts found themselves during the late 1950s and early 1960s.
(Rick W. Sturdevant Space Times
Weitekamp's vivid writing brings to life the texture of American life in what she calls the 'prefeminist' era.
(Bettyann Holtzmann Kevles Historian
A solidly researched, fact-driven account of the brief flameout known as Women in Space program.
This book offers a fascinating read for anyone interested in the early history of the American space program, as well as those non-spacers interested in women's studies.
(Satellite Evolution Group
Weitekamp has done a terrific job of capturing a fascinating story.
(Joseph Romito Air Power History
From the Back Cover
Margaret Weitekamp traces the rise and fall of the Lovelace Woman in Space program within the context of the cold war and the thriving women's aviation culture of the 1950s, showing how the Lovelace trainees challenged prevailing attitudes about women's roles and capabilities. In examining the experiences of the would-be Lady Astronauts, this study documents the achievements and frustrated hopes of a remarkable group of women.