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‘Fighting for Space’: Author Amy Shira Teitel talks the history of women in spaceflight

You may have heard of the “Mercury 13,” but what really happened with the women who wanted to be the first female astronauts? 

In her new book, “Fighting for Space: Two Pilots and Their Historic Battle for Female Spaceflight” (Grand Central Publishing, 2021), author and spaceflight historian Amy Shira Teitel delivers a dual biography that peels back decades of history to reveal the true stories of Jerrie Cobb and Jacqueline “Jackie” Cochran, two women who fought to become America’s first female astronauts. 

Cochran was a record-setting pilot who was the first woman to break the sound barrier who was close friends with Amelia Earhart and even ran her own cosmetics company; Cobb, meanwhile, was 25 years younger, also setting records as a pilot and taking astronaut medical tests. 

Related: The Mercury 13: The women who could have been NASA’s first female astronauts

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Lauren Chan Talks Fashion Career Advice & More

Seventeen’s How I Made It features professionals across various industries that are making waves in their careers. In the series, Seventeen Editor-in-Chief Kristin Koch interviews these leaders to answer your career questions.

Lauren Chan began her career as a plus-size model in New York City where she continues to walk the runways for some of the biggest names in fashion. Chan then became a fashion editor and went on to write award-winning pieces for publications like Vogue and Glamour. Through her work as a model and editor, Chan started to focus on size acceptance and body positivity.

Most recently, Chan launched Henning, a luxury womenswear line available in sizes 12 to 26. People like Ashley Graham, Stacey Abrams and Cori Bush have all been spotted wearing her pieces, NBD.

As a pioneer in bringing size-inclusive fashion to the forefront, Lauren shared all the details about being involved in multiple

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