The Sky is for Everyone: Women Astronomers in Their Own Words

Virginia Trimble

The Sky Is for Everyone is an internationally diverse collection of autobiographical essays by women who broke down barriers and changed the face of modern astronomy. Virginia Trimble and David Weintraub vividly describe how, before 1900, a woman who wanted to study the stars had to have a father, brother, or husband to provide entry and how the considerable intellectual skills of women astronomers were still not enough to enable them to pry open doors of opportunity for much of the twentieth century.

After decades of difficult struggles, women are closer to equality in astronomy than ever. Trimble and Weintraub share the stories of the tough and determined women who flung the doors wide open. Taking readers from 1960 to today, this triumphant anthology inspires current and future generations of women scientists while giving voice to the history of a transformative era in astronomy.