Judith Love Cohen
is one of those individuals.
fascinating story begins at the birth of the space age which was the start of a new era in forward thinking.
is originally from Brooklyn, NY.
While growing up, she
late sister played complex games with their father which further developed their math skills and taught them how solve problems.
father's encouragement for her
becoming an engineer.
As the only female student in her
advanced math class, she
knew from an early age she
The teacher of that class was a woman and because of this Judith thought that it meant her
destiny was to become a math teacher also.
high school advisor recommended she
study home economics and discouraged her
from advancing herself academically.
Despite this and having been shut out of the college preparatory classes, she
won the school's scholarship anyway.
Judith left that company and went to work for TRW now Northrop-Grumman.
They also recognized her
potential and paid for her
master's degree in engineering at USC
worked on the design of its abort guidance system, and if all else failed her
system was the mission's safety net.
Apollo missions 12 and 13 used the system; without it the missions would have been disastrous.
sat elbow to elbow with her
"fellow" co-workers; she
had to work longer, harder, and smarter to keep the same pace, and overcome great obstacles.
clarified, "It was simple to me; engineers like to figure things out and solve problems."
There was a stigma attached to whatever she
did; imagine her
workplace was akin to how a woman feels when she
walks into a giant sized men's room by accident.
managed well within its confines and chuckled while she
reminisced about the photo of the Prime Minister of Israel
, Golda Meir that she
placed conspicuously on the wall in her
office, and how she
eventually taped a centerfold from Playgirl to her
The men around her
learned that she
could do anything they could do, but she
could make babies as well.
In the mid-sixties she
made it possible for women to write their own proposals and to run their departments.
Thinking about this made her
chuckle again, as she
revealed how it also helped to turn things on their side.
Despite this, working for the space program was where Judith
and a handful of her
female coworkers helped shape what the program is today.
They opened the doors for women who wish to work in the fields of math and science.
had three children with her
prolonged illness is what brought the different factions of the family together and inspired Judith
to write and produce a play about the experience.
daughter Rachael is the mother of an energetic five year old who Judith
Judith explained how everything was different for her with him because by the time he was born she was older and responsible for her department.
After devoting almost every minute of her
professional life up to that point to landing a man on the moon, she
missed the celebration at work and watched it from home.
This mishap was during the summer of 69' because her
youngest son was born two weeks after the historic moment took place, while Judith
was on maternity leave.
expressed how all of her
children are talented and the one thing they share is their gift for music.
Judith has continued her long friendship with Joanne Saliba, the school's director, and is still involved with their fundraising efforts.
After the Apollo missions ended, Judith
worked on the Hubble Space Telescope, and now she
is retired from engineering.
The stories are about Judith
and her co-workers, Ann Dickson, Ann Maybury and Bobbie Johnson.
Judith Love Cohen
is one of the world's finest examples of women who made the most out of her
life and lived her
didn't make excuses as to why she
could not do what she
wanted to do, and to her
is working hard at her
publishing company to introduce ideas to young readers that will help to make our world a better place.