1962-The Amarillo Globe-Times
Women Seeking To Break s Barrier on Space WASHINGTON, July 17 (AD -- Women opened Ilielr latest battle for equality with men today -- seeking selection as astronauts in the U.S. space program. Threa blondes argued before a House Space subcommittee that all they needed was the training to Join (lie Mercury astronauts In orbit. They were Jacqueline Cocliran, one ol the world's leading women pilots, Jcrrle Cobb, who has already taken and passed the physical tests for nn astronaut, and Mrs. Janey I). Hart, wlte o( Sen. Philip Hart, D-Mtcti., and an experienced pilot. Mrs. Hart also has mother qualification noted by Rep. Victor L. Anfiiso, D-N'.Y,, ivten he observed women will have to go into space eventually, if enrthllngs arc to colonize other planets -- she is the mother of eight children. Miss Cobb, lead-off witness in the hearings to determine the qualifications for astronauts, disclosed for the first time tbe names o( the 12 women who have passed preliminary lesls in the astronaut training program. Â· Â· Â· In addition to herself they are: Jan C. Dietrich, 046 Mldvale Ave., W. IMS Angeles; Marion Dietrich. 123 N. El Casino Keal, San MatcO, Calif.; Mrs. Rhca Nurrie Allison, P. 0. Box 201 Missouri City, Tex.; Irene Leverton, c-o Mrs. Kita Hamilton, 4612 Soioma St., Sherman Oaks, Call!.; Mrs. Bernicc Trimble SK'adman, 12214 McKlniey Rd., Montrose 64, Mich.; Jean HUsOn, Summer address 601 W. I'cnn St., eston, III., Winter address 227 Keiiilworth Drive, Akron, Ohio; Gene Nora Stumbough, 1841 S. Lorraine, Wichita, Kan.; Mrs. Cieraldliie (Jerry) Sloan, 10302 Unkwood Dr., 'Dallas; (Mrs. Sloan is the daughter of Mrs. Wilt Springer, 1217. 10th, and a former employe of the Globe-News Publishing Co, She Is the former Geraldlne Hamilton. -- Editor) Mrs. Myrtle Thompson Cagle, Box 136 Warner Bobbins, Ga.; Sarah Goreiick, 1115 Hocl Pkwy., Kansas City, Kan.; Mary Wallace Funk, 208 2Ist Place, Manhattan Beach, Calif. Â· Â· Â· They all were supposed to go on with the training program, but it was suddenly canceled because the National Aeronautics and Space Administration declined to state there was a need for such training. Miss Cobh, who testifies ths same way she flirs -- with her shoes off -- said women are now prevented from becoming astronauts because NASA insists its spacecraft pilots he test pilots -- a job limited to men. She said not only are women playing second fiddie to men in getting into space -- they are being passed over in favor ol female chimpanzees. "I see where they are training a female chimpanzee to lake some of these astronaut training tests they won't permit us to take," she said. "I think that Is ridiculous,"