women space

In addition to keeping them off the bocce ball court, NASA used to try to keep women out of space. Because astronauts need to be the kind of barbarians they want to be, bayoneting space monsters left and right!

Their letter to a woman who applied to their space program read:

This is in response to your letter of February 20, 1962. Your offer to go on a space mission is commendable, and we are very grateful. This is to advise that we have no existing program concerning women astronauts, nor do we contemplate any such plan.

Never mind that, according to The Frisky:

Just one year later, on June 16th 1963, Soviet Cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova became the first woman in space. She spent 48 orbits and 71 hours in space, which was more time than all U.S. astronauts had spent in space combined. Last month marked the 50th anniversary of Tereshkova’s trip. In a time when the Soviet and the United States were racing to achieve “space firsts,” the complete rejection of women as astronauts a mere year before Tereshkova went to space was a clear failure for the United States.

Well, they couldn’t have known, right? Spaces for women clearly being:

The kitchen
The bedroom
Other sexy rooms
Maybe the coatroom is a sexy room sometimes
Hat shops
Those fashion show presentations they always seem to have in movies from the 1940’s
Hanging out decoratively in fine salons, not saying anything

Basically, lots of places, provided those places were not space or bocce ball courts.

Picture via Sadie Mag