For me, there was no better place to celebrate Women’s Equality Day than right where I am, orbiting 250 miles above the planet’s surface aboard the International Space Station.

On Aug. 26, we recognized the adoption of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, the first step to empower women with the right to vote. Women’s Equality Day reminds us of the visionary women who were undeterred in seeking their dreams and led the way for others to pursue ambitions and create future opportunities on Earth and beyond. This year, I stand on the shoulders of these heroes as I reflect on what this day means from this vantage.

First off, I am struck by having the privilege of working and living aboard the space station and contributing to a program that not only brings benefits to all through exploration on the frontiers, but does so as part of a diverse and international team that has shown through its success the power of inclusion and equality.

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