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Trudy Jacobson Presents Great American Women of History: Eileen Collins

Eileen Collins

Eileen followed her childhood dreams and became a pilot and astronaut, setting the standard for future female astronauts.

The night sky has always fascinated and inspired humanity, beckoning us to explore the vast expanse beyond our planet. One name among the pioneers who answered this call shines brightly: Eileen Collins. As an accomplished astronaut, Collins not only shattered the glass ceiling but also the Earth’s atmosphere, leaving a mark on space exploration. Her remarkable achievements serve as a source of inspiration for women around the world.

“Eileen is the perfect example that the sky is NOT the limit. Truly remarkable,” Trudy said.

Collins’ journey to the stars was marked by determination and perseverance. She grew up with a passion for aviation and a dream of becoming a pilot. This dream eventually led her to the United States Air Force Academy, where she became one of the first women to attend and graduate.

Collins went on to become a distinguished pilot and test pilot, accumulating an impressive list of achievements and breaking barriers for women in aviation. However, her most groundbreaking accomplishment came in 1995 when she was selected as the first female Space Shuttle pilot. This historic achievement opened the door for women to participate in space missions, challenging the traditional gender roles that had dominated the field for decades.

“Eileen really paved the way for future female astronauts. Being the first to do anything is always a great accomplishment,” Trudy said.

Eileen Collins

Making History Again

In 1999, Collins made history once again by becoming the first female Space Shuttle commander, leading the STS-93 mission to deploy the Chandra X-ray Observatory. Her role as commander showcased her exceptional skills and

leadership and her ability to inspire others, regardless of their gender. She proved that women could excel in roles once considered exclusively for men.

Collins’ accomplishments did not stop there. She continued to contribute to space exploration and played a vital role in the return-to-flight efforts after the tragic Space Shuttle Columbia disaster. Her dedication to safety and excellence in spaceflight underscored her commitment to advancing human space exploration.

Eileen Collins’ journey from aspiring pilot to pioneering astronaut is a testament to the power of perseverance, passion, and breaking through gender barriers. Her achievements inspire women worldwide by showing that gender should never limit one’s aspirations. Her story encourages young girls and women to dream big and reach for the stars, regardless of societal expectations or stereotypes.

“As a woman, you should never let anyone get in the way of your dreams. And it is stories like Eileen Collins’ that are a perfect example of that,” Trudy said.

Collins’ accomplishments in space exploration have shattered the glass ceiling and inspired countless women to pursue their dreams. Her legacy serves as a reminder that the boundaries of achievement are defined by determination and ambition rather than gender. Her story will continue inspiring generations of women to aim for the stars and beyond, reminding us that the sky is no longer the limit.



Who is Trudy Jacobson?

Trudy is an entrepreneur and leader. Her path to success and entrepreneurialism started in the trucking industry decades ago. She encountered numerous obstacles in the male-dominated industry- like discrimination. She was even defrauded out of a lot of money by an unscrupulous, opportunistic person. Despite all that, Trudy always fought hard and pushed forward. Once she realized she could do anything, she started her own company and excelled. Now she empowers other women to do the same and to learn from her experience. Trudy now highlights their stories for the world to see in the Great American Women Series. Trudy wants women everywhere to know they can achieve their goals.