For a new author, we want to avoid anything that might cause a reader to put a book down and decide, ‘not for me,’ ” Ms. Sowards says. “When we think a book will appeal to male readers, we want everything about the book to say that—the cover, the copy and, yes, the author’s name. … More Is writing still a man’s world?
By the time she began studying laser physics at Stanford, women had already broken through into the physics department, once a boys’ club. And when she applied to the space program, NASA had already made a commitment to admit women. But there were still rough spots. Speaking to reporters before the first shuttle flight, Dr. … More RIP: Dr. Sally Ride, Astronaut, Strong Woman, English Major