Parrish Hirasaki, a heat shield specialist for the Apollo 11 program

Many women worked behind-the-scenes and made pivotal contributions to the historic Apollo 11 mission. Hirasaki shares her experiences overcoming the gender roles of the 1960s to work on the mission.
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Apollo program men in the fact that we were really gunning terrorism. It was so exciting and astronauts such heroes. And estimates a lot of excuses about female ash and women you really worn on doing jobs that. We were sold a different dream the dream list to get married and live in the suburbs and kids. Compares your sake and it was a teacher a specialist for the Apollo program. I grew up and truly want this one year's time neighborhoods and now a mother stayed home. Remember my mother thinking about oh what we're gonna have for dinner and rethinking on my lord that's going to be my life well let's. My father turned to which is an immediate good college I think as I went off to college not really believe an ever have a career. Countered Lewis was quite you know I'm just trying to accomplish is said to me she says you really would be a good mechanical engine here. And she was very encouraging about it my parents are pretty Har. I was Allen Allen almost all my classes and engineering. Konduz. The Spanish programs. And I got mired in two thermal protection systems. For each. And and I was there for all a man issues. I'm lucky that I did as well coming air came. Career wise and I am certainly envious. Of women having actors now because there's so many more opportunities.

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