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Valentina Tereshkova-women of the century

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Defected to the U.S.S.R.: 19 Apr 2005, 18:29
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Post 13 Jan 2006, 22:30
Russia's first female cosmonaut has won the Greatest Woman Achiever of the Century award in London.
Valentina Tereshkova, 63, the first woman in space, was given the award by the International Women of the Year Association.

According to the Russian news agency Itar-Tass, "her unsurpassed successes in the cause of equality, exploration of the outer space for the benefit of peace, and protection of the planet's ecology" made her the association's unanimous choice.

Former South African President Nelson Mandela was also honoured as the Leader of the Century.

Ms Tereshkova made her one and only space flight in Vostok-VI in June 1963.

"We are incredibly proud that Tereshkova will be attending the ceremony," said the association's president, Lady Lothian.





"[She] remains the only woman in the world to have carried out a solo flight into space for the duration of three days. This is an amazing achievement."

Ms Tereshkova, who has a moon crater named after her, chaired the Soviet Committee for Women from 1968 to 1987.

She now heads the Russian Government's Centre for International Scientific and Cultural Co-operation.

About 500 high-profile women attended the lavish lunchtime ceremony at London's Café Royal.

Speakers at the ceremony included Germaine Greer, Mary Quant, Joan Armatrading and former racehorse trainer Jenny Pitman.

The women invited were asked to vote for the most influential woman of 2000 and selected former UK Northern Ireland Secretary Mo Mowlam, who won with 13% of the poll.

Cherie Blair, Hillary Clinton and Aung San Suu Kyi all received 7% of the vote, followed by Madeleine Albright and Harry Potter author JK Rowling.

The poll also found that most women felt they would see equality in the workplace within this lifetime, but not within 10 years.

The women also named pollution as the greatest threat to the world over the next 100 years.

The event was attended by men for the first time in the association's 45-year history.

The association said the decision to invite men was in recognition of the fact that excellence had no gender.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/966992.stm

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Defected to the U.S.S.R.: 07 Jan 2006, 20:09
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Post 14 Jan 2006, 04:29
I beg to differ. Comrade Alexandra Kollontai should have been the woman of the century.
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Post 14 Jan 2006, 12:43
elitesniper wrote:
sorry its late


Ah well, only by 6 years... we can't be expected to hear everything instantly


And Zvezda has a point. Kollontai in terms of talent and legacy contributed more to the world as a leading socialist thinker. Tereshkova was merely put in a space capsule built for her by engineers, and blasted into space on a course set for her by mathematicians.

That said, her achievement can't be ignored. The fact the US didn't put a woman in space until two decades later says something about the USSR's massively ahead-of-time but often overlooked attitude on gender equality.

As for Tereshkova's achievement as an individual, it still deserves respect considering that training for spaceflight is the most thorough and complex of any profession. You literally have to give 110% in every field from scientific and technical knowledge to physical strength to mental integrity etc.
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Defected to the U.S.S.R.: 24 Jan 2006, 20:36
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Post 26 Jan 2006, 21:37
I read that she was almost paralized with fear prior to flight, that she was silent during some orbits and disobeyed some orders from ground control.

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Post 26 Jan 2006, 23:39
Show us where you read it, and I'll comment
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Post 28 Jan 2006, 19:59
I always loved Val
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Za Domovinu s Titom, napred!
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Post 21 Mar 2009, 00:52
If you told ground control your capsule was 90 degrees out of orientation and ground control didn't believe you, I think you'd be "...on the edge of psychological instability..." too!

She did alright up there.
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