According to Svetlana Savitskaya
, a female as well as an astronaut of the former USSR, it was she and also 'Valentina Tereshkova'
who first challenged the once prevalent notion that women can''
t be astronauts. Later, both Tereshkova and Savitskaya were awarded the Order(s) of ('
V.I.) Lenin as recognition of their pioneering exploration into space. Indeed, as Chairman Mao put it in his typically plain language several decades ago in a famous quote,
"women can hold up half of the sky'