Lecture Reviews

Martha's speech at Chicago's Adler Planetarium attracted a sell-out crowd.

In recent lectures, Martha Ackmann has appeared before independent schools, colleges and universities, government agencies and professional groups. Here are a few responses to her lectures:

“Martha Ackmann’s presentation at our annual convention received a tremendous response. Our members walked away with not only new inspiration and pride as women, but also the desire to share the story of the Mercury 13 with everyone they know. (We sold out of the books and had to start a waiting list to purchase more!) Thanks to Martha for a warm and humorous telling of a truly remarkable story—a story we will be sure our mothers, friends and daughters know.”

Mary Grace McNear
Arizona Women Lawyer’s Association

“Each year the Adler [Planetarium in Chicago] presents the Women in Space Science Award to a leading female in the science and technology communities who has made a lasting impact on space exploration. We chose to honor the Mercury 13 after reading Martha’s compelling book. Martha’s determination to recognize these unsung heroes who paved the way for today’s female astronauts is inspirational. By recognizing the achievements of women in the sciences, the Women’s Board seeks to inspire young women to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math. Martha shares our vision and it was a pleasure to work with her in planning the event.”

Cynthia L. Ballew
Women’s Board President
Adler Planetarium & Astronomy Museum

“Through the Mercury 13, Martha Ackmann celebrates the story of these pioneering females and delivers the nation from a case of amnesia with humor and inspiration. She applauds their determination and perseverance as she acknowledges their goals as heroines and role models because although the Mercury 13 did not achieve all their goals, they allowed others to achieve theirs.”

Dr. John H. Campbell
Director, Senior Manager of
NASA Wallops Flight Facility

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