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Mae Carol Jemison was born in Decatur, Alabama, on October 17, 1956, the youngest child of Charlie Jemison and Dorothy Green. Her father was a maintenance supervisor for a charity organization, and her mother worked most of her career as an elementary school teacher of English and math at the Beethoven School in Chicago.
The family moved to Chicago, Illinois, when Jemison was three years old, to take advantage of the better #educational and employment opportunities there. Jemison says that as a young girl growing up in #Chicago she always assumed she would get into space. "I thought, by now, we'd be going into space like you were going to work." She said it was easier to apply to be a shuttle #astronaut , "rather than waiting around in a cornfield, waiting for ET to pick me up or something.
In her childhood, Jemison learned to make connections to science by studying nature. Once when a splinter infected her thumb as a little girl, Jemison's mother turned it into a learning experience. She ended up doing a whole project about pus. Jemison's parents were very supportive of her interest in science, while her teachers were not. "In kindergarten, my teacher asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up, and I told her a scientist," Jemison says. "She said, 'Don't you mean a nurse?' Now, there's nothing wrong with being a nurse, but that's not what I wanted to be.” In an interview with Makers, she further explains how her sheer interest in science was not accepted. "Growing up...I was just like every other kid. I loved #space , #stars and dinosaurs. I always knew I wanted to explore. At the time of the #Apollo airing, everybody was thrilled about space, but I remember being irritated that there were no women astronauts. People tried to explain that to me, and I did not buy it." Jemison says she was inspired by Martin Luther King Jr.; to her King's dream was not an elusive fantasy but a call to action.” #virgo #inspiration #nobirthtime #skystrology #astronomy #spacetravel #dreams #love #Virgo Not #Libra #podcast #happybirthday Continued in comments. Thx Wikipedia - 6 hours ago