International Lunar Observatory Association


ILOA sponsored the 'First Women on the Moon' Essay Contest in late 2018, collaborating with Astronaut Soyeon Yi.

Contestants were asked to contribute 100-word submissions to describe why they would like to be the First Woman or one of the First Women on the Moon, and the significance of landing the First Women on the Moon.

Below is a compilation of the essay submissions.

Grand Prize Winner:

Wendy Crumrine in California, USA

"Moonwalkers gave us the images that birthed the cosmic perspective. We saw that a single crescent, dwarfed by the lunar horizon, held every human sorrow, joy, dream, and love ever lived. How do we find so much to separate us on a single smudge of light? Our human boundaries suddenly seemed insignificant. Transformative perspective is what moonwalkers provide, and so I long to be one. But perspective is useless while the greatest boundary remains. So for all young girls that gasp at the night sky, but live in a world that makes them doubt their dreams because of their gender… I would walk for them, to show them what is possible."

Runner up / Alternate:

Fatoumata Kebe in Paris, France

"The Moon has been my whole starry sky as I was raised in a place where you cannot experience the Milky Way. To reach her, I have acquired knowledge from all corners of the world: Aerospace Engineering in Japan, Celestial Mechanics in the USA and from those who walked before:

Valentina Tereshkova, the first woman, Mae Jemison, the first Black woman and Claudie Haigneré, the first French woman. I am a woman, Black, French and Malian. I will close the loop with my African identity, the first woman to land on the Moon representing multiple identities."


Mia Walker in Western Australia

"The moon has watched over me all my life
She watches us all, the children of Earth
Never turning her face away, she sees our struggles
I find comfort in her presence
Daring to wish I could touch her surface
Did Cleopatra wish the same, millennia ago?
Does the moon stir the waters in our bodies
And our emotions
The way she stirs the tides?
I wonder
Will I feel at peace when I'm there with her?
I am envious of the men who know that answer
It is my turn next
Please wait for me, a little longer"

Anna Voelker in USA

"Letter to My Someday Daughter: Here
You could walk at night alone.
From here I can see our home.
Blackness curves around it
in the way that a river's mouth meets
the endless sea. I have never seen
anything quite so blue.

I am leaving these footprints for you.
Know that it took us longer because we had more
than just 240,000 miles standing in our way.
I am standing here today
not because it is easy but because it is hard
to rekindle exploration with inclusion at its core,
to leave a permanent impression,
another step worth fighting for."

Catherine R. K. P. Mandigma in Philippines

"A step on any new world carries with it courage and meaning. The first moon walk by a man is a giant leap for mankind. But a woman stepping on the moon is a leap for gender, generations & sustainability. I desire to be the first woman to step on the moon. The children of our country knows hunger well, both in nutrition and in dreams. The second mission aims for sustained human presence in space, I want to carry this hope that is it possible too in our country to be fed, both with good nutrition and fulfilled dreams.

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Celeste Petraroli in Italy

"The first Woman on the Moon will have an unprecedented opportunity: representing a universal example of the trasformative role of science and technology for human kind's thirst for a new order of peace and prosperity, which goes beyond political borders, with no gender, geographical or generational boundaries. I would be thrilled to be that woman, providing my experience as Italian architect: during the training, I would be honoured to support the definition of the 1st outpost on the Moon, including that zero-energy consumption and eco-friendly construction know-how which I utilize in my everyday's work on Earth."

Adeyeye Yewande Elizabeth in Nigeria

"I am a member of my community made up of Nigerian females, both young and old, professionals and amateurs in space technology and education. I would like to be one of the first women on the moon, not only for the selfish desire to fulfill my longstanding dream but as a symbol to my community that indeed if you can imagine it, you can achieve it. If you dream it, you can become. Many female astronauts journeyed to the ISS but not the moon, going to the moon would create a balance and after, we can both take on mars.

Jennifer Bragg in USA

"I am Jennifer Bragg. I am an African American, a single mother with low income, and yet I still have the audacity to study physics, math, and astronomy in hopes to become someone I never thought I could be. Why do I say I have the audacity? It is because its expected of me, an underrepresented woman, to not be able to do something like become an astronaut. I represent the women who doubt that they can become anything that matters because society says so, and that is why I want to be the first woman on the moon."

Alicja Kasjanowicz in United Kingdom

"To achieve big goals, we need strong inspiration. For me, every astronaut story that I have read, created one step of the ladder that I have climbed to be where I am today, studying space engineering, designing satellites and dreaming of a flight to the Moon. But every day, I feel lucky to have found my way through the people who wouldn't think that a woman can do that. Now I want to spread one message: if I could be The First Woman on the Moon, you can be the only female engineer in the room."

Other Appreciated, Quality Entries:
in the order they were received

Anonymous in United Kingdom

"I would like to be the first woman on the moon! Its historic significance, the amazing view of earth and the experience of reduced gravity (which woman doesn't dream of being lighter?!) are not to be ignored. The first woman on the moon will give space travel more publicity and emphasise the fact that space is for everyone regardless of sexuality. In my opinion the effect of publicity is majorly important, considering how little awareness and excitement there currently is for space related activities. The sky is not the limit; but space is."

Anonymous in Italy

"Landing on the moon. Sideral silence, like on a snowy field. Stepping on this dusty soil, i can see earth in distance. Am I allowded to be here? I feel the power of creation inside me has to go on, for the generation that will come, to give life a chanche to survive. The moon controls the seas and my body. Feels like i belong here, like an anicent greek goddess, bathing on the sunbeams reflected on this soil, i will give another chanche to humanity, we'll be eternal."

Anonymous in Canada

The peaceful exploration of space should unify the world's people. When humans first walked on the moon, new realms of possibility opened, but half of our species was not represented. A woman on the moon would symbolize the great strides that society has made in gender equality. She would also kindle a fire in the hearts of little girls around the world. I would love to be the first woman to walk on the moon, but equally, I would love to watch her, cheering her on as she proclaims, "One small step for a woman, one giant leap for humankind."

Anonymous in Canada

"Just like my ancestors in the millions of years of human history proceeding me, I wish to know 'What is beyond those hills?'. Curiosity is innate within us yet it has been so long since we visited even our closest neighbour, the Moon. I did not grow up in a time where I saw astronauts landing on the Moon. It would be the greatest honour imaginable to be the first woman on the moon, to contribute to inspiring the people again and to remind everyone that desire any differences, we are in fact one – Humanity."

Imen Titouhi n Tunisia

"it's been 11 years that I work in the field of astronomy and I was always impressed by the beauty of the moon, this object that binds and influences us. I always insisted on showing it to visitors by explaining to them these spots craters and its game of cache cache to slowly show us its surface little by little through its different phases. this object that belongs to the earthlings I want to see hear and touch him"

Anonymous in France

"Why would I wish to be one of the first women on the moon? For the journey, for the challenge, for the view. Why would that journey be significant? For the hope, for the imagination, for the dream. Representation helps open our minds to the human species' potential, not just the potential of 50% of us. Like breaching the four minute mile, the impossible becomes possible. Ultimately, selecting the first woman to go isn't about the woman herself. It is about something greater, the millions waiting in the wings now wondering, when they can do it too instead of if?"

Priyanka Garg in USA

"I am going to be honest with you, my gender does not define me nor the notion of being the first woman to be on the moon excites me. What stirs me is the technology and advancement that defines these possibilities. The conviction to make dreams a reality. So the significance of walking on the moon is in itself a rewarding experience, irrespective of the fame and popularity that comes with being first. To advance human potential beyond and take a step towards making mankind an interplanetary species is why I want to be on the moon."

Anonymous in Norway

"We live in an age where women have opportunities. Still, history tells tales where men have dominated the most inspiring moments. Including the first, and following steps, for "mankind" on the moon. While this does not diminish the significance of these moments, research shows that representation is crucial for inspiring personal initiative to pursue opportunities. I would like to be the first woman on the moon, to show girls and women everywhere that we do indeed live in an age of opportunities, now it is up to us to seize them!"

Hannah Woodward in France

"Being the first woman on the moon is an important and historic role that will be talked about for centuries to come, therefore that woman needs to be a strong female role model whose life contains inspiration. They should be an ordinary woman with an extraordinary passion for space. I think it is important for the first woman on the moon to be an ambassador of the philosophy that it doesn't matter where you come from, or how much money you have, you CAN achieve your dreams if you put your mind to it! This woman is me."

Anonymous in USA

"Why should there be a woman on the Moon?
Because for centuries we wrote ourselves into the stories.
We memorized the poetry of countdown sequences,
exquisite tapestries of Milky Way,
to keep them hidden in the pauses
between responsibilities
and expectations.
And yet we never took for granted
the challenges and choices that are ours to celebrate,
to risk our lives for and share the joy
that shines before the moment of discovery.
Because I dedicate my life,
my passion and my science,
for all of us to watch the Earthrise through her eyes
and ride the rockets to tomorrow."

Megan Wu in USA

"Tonight on a walk my 2-year-old daughter looked up in the sky at a beautiful crescent, pointed, and said, "I want Moon!" She wanted to catch it, pull it out of the sky, but I had to reason with her. "How do you think you can reach it?" We eliminated jumping, ladder, and climbing. "Fly!" Yes, little girl, you need to fly to the Moon. And for your sake and the sake of all little girls out there who just want to touch the Moon, we need to go."

Anonymous in France

"All my life, I've always looked up to the sky. This has been a moving force, pushing me to do better, be better, go further in everything. While living with a lifelong condition, I'm fighting to achieve what I have always dreamt of, become an Aerospace engineer. I know I can't win every battle, but by being the First woman on the Moon, I would show the world that I am stronger than they can imagine, and that women deserve to step out of the shadows, and to be given a chance to finally prove what they are capable of."

Anonymous in Russia

"I strongly believe that the next step in the conquest of outer space is to land a woman on the moon. If a woman has the opportunity now to land on the Moon, means that humanity has reached a huge leap relating to safety and comfort to provide better conditions than before. I'm interested in exploring and investigating new places, I love traveling and, in my opinion, journeys to the Moon can become a reality in the near future. I want to be the First of many famous women who would make the Moon a better place."

Anonymous in Netherlands

"I don't want to be the first woman on the moon. I want women on the moon. Period. I want this barrier-free aspiration for young girls. I want these young girls to have been born in a world where they look up to women scientists, women engineers, women doing anything they want to do. Women without any reason not to be these things. I want mothers of the future to show their daughters technical drawings and amazing discoveries that they made, just like mothers have done and, continue to do. I want to see this path for females viewed not as extraordinary, but necessary. The glass ceiling simply doesn't hold in microgravity."

Shanthini Kamaraj in India

Anonymous in Austria

Being the first woman on the Moon would be:
"Quite a big step for me, and a giant leap for all humanity".

Anonymous in USA

"As a lunar scientist and PhD candidate in planetary science, I aspire to be the first woman on the Moon. I will continue the legacy of lunar science excellence set forth by my mother, and by doing so I will honor her memory. Specifically, I have the skills of a field geologist and the breadth of knowledge of a planetary scientist. This enables me to analyze the lunar surface's geology and select the best samples to return for scientists on Earth. Sending women to the Moon allows for young first to see that space exploration is a possibility for them too."

Anonymous in USA

"Bluegrass, soft and bathed in dew
Bare feet, warm breath, cold hands
Naïve girl in an unforgiving place
A myriad of stars mirror my own freckled face
As I wander in gaze of the Moon

Somewhere, up there, a flag planted
Countries divided, a giant leap taken
A perspective of Earth only select few have seen
A few, but none from anyone quite like me.
What might I be able to share with the world
If my foot were pressed into alien soil
I hope for one day, maybe me, maybe you
As I wonder in gaze of the Moon"

Anonymous in USA

"Not so long ago, I realized that the future of humankind depends on architecture. Starting a Master's degree at the Sasakawa International Center for Space Architecture this fall, I understood function comes first within a limited space, and every object should have multiple functions. Being in such strict condition allows us to understand human nature — the key as to why I want to be one of the First Woman landing on the Moon. I believe only being in extreme environments such as Moon surface gets a space architect closer to envisioning the prospective needs of humans on other planets."

Anonymous in United Kingdom

"To inspire a future where more girls grow up aiming for the stars."

Leslie Jane Landis in USA

"Can't see why you won't
let me play among the stars.
Fly me to the moon.

Looks round, but it's not.
Waxing, waning, whatever.
Made of cheese or rock?

Countdown clock is on.
Pack your bags, Man in the Moon.
Replaced by a dame.

Full moon, it's insane!
Blood moon prophesy--beware.
Is a blue moon blue?

This is one small step
for a woman, one giant
leap for womankind."

Anonymous in Germany

"Where's the earth?" I asked.
"It's there, the small blue dot." She pointed.

Putting my first step on the moon, dusts fly. It's dark, it's grey, and it's not colorful. People who climb the Everest or run across the Sahara challenge themselves, I do too. Being the first women on the moon is not about the pride I gained from this achievement, but about the benchmark I set for young women to challenge themselves, and to surpass me.

"Where's the moon?" I asked.
"It's there, the shining dot." She replied.
"It's beautiful" We agreed.
I've been there, I've done that.

Angelo Velasco in the Philippines

"In cosmos, there is no such thing as gender. We do not determine a celestial object by its gender but by its characteristics. The moment my body leaves the very last layer of the Earth, my gender becomes neutral because the masculinity or the femininity of my body is determined based on the norms that are conventional only with the Earthlings. But outside the Earth, we are all the same --- star-stuff. The significance of landing the first woman on the moon is the thought that the women's space checkpoint will become equal to that of men, thus levelling the 'gender race' like 'space race'."

Ryan Watkins in USA

"The first women on the Moon will be there because they strove to accomplish great things in the face of adversity. They will know women can do the same things as men, and they will serve as a role model for future generations. I have long dreamt of being the first woman on the Moon. I want to show my daughter that you can do anything, regardless of your gender or socio-economic status. I want to show the people who laughed at me in high school that I achieved my dreams and that they never stood in my way."

Anonymous in USA

"The dream that fuels my world, is in face to leave this world.

The void in space that surrounds our existence is lacking Female presence. I want the fill that void with the ingenuity that women have to offer. To provide a platform for women to launch forth the earth's most special satellite is not only fair, it is wise. It is necessary. Because who else is more equipped for such a task then that of a determined woman

History will say that the potentials of mankind were catalyzed by the congregation of women in science. Let it be so."

Anonymous in Brazil

"I'm a female scientist in Brazil. I'm in my last year of the PhD in astrophysics in the University of the State of Sao Paulo. I'm the first of my family to be a PhD candidate, the first to travel outside of Brazil, and maybe I will be the first woman from Brazil to go to the space. My fight to be a scientist accompanies a fight for other girls from my country and around the world also follow this way. I want to show them that is possible to be a woman and a scientist from anywhere."

Anonymous in Republic of Korea

"Like the Chinese poet Li Bai, we learn most about home when we're far away. I've gotten to know my own country by leaving, distance rendering the familiar close. "Up towards the glorious moon," we not only explore new worlds, but also gain new perspective on our cherished earth.

In 1968, Neil Armstrong set foot on the moon, elevating our sense of the possible. From the moon, though the earth appears small, the astronauts prove its potential is vast. To fulfill this potential, a "giant leap for mankind," will only be realized when women first take that same step."

Anonymous in New Zealand

"I have always been fascinated by space, about what is out there. I remember learning that the earth was one of many planets orbiting the sun and that the stars were not star shaped.

But society never encouraged me to follow this passion. Space ship toys were for boys, scientists were male, and men walked on the moon. I felt like an oddity for having a passion for space.

Over coming this will take female scientist making their mark, by becoming the face of science. And what better place to do that than on the Moon"

Anonymous in France

"That's one small step for a woman, one giant leap for equality". What would have been the impact of such a sentence pronounced by a woman in July 1969 amidst a major transition period for women's rights? Time flies but the topic is still relevant in the fight for Gender Diversity. The first Woman on the Moon could definitely become a symbol of this movement, thus enabling the creation of vocations, raising awareness and driving to achieve milestones. I would be honored to fulfill this role and become a mentor by being the First Woman on the Moon."

Karen Gutiérrez in Mexico

"When the man got to the moon was the main step by all mankind on Earth, the meaning of this trip was awesome, but what would happen if the next steps on the moon were for a woman? This get soulful to all the women on the Earth who have worked very hard to be someone, without be belittle for anybody. I would like be one of the first women in the moon because I could become a housewife, a doctor, a scientist and all the brave and strong women in the world."

Anonymous in Canada

"What would I do if I could not fail? Be the first woman on the moon. I always ask Why? Why not? I am shouting "This opportunity is MINE – just try to take it from me!" As an aspiring Astrobiologist, I want to know if the water on the moon has/had life? August 25, 1969 at 12:28 pm I was born – missing the first landing on the moon by 35 days, 4 hours, and 10 minutes. To see the "pale blue dot" from the surface of the moon would exceed my expectations of experiencing the 100thanniversary of the landing."

Kim Holder in Mexico

"By seeing our world from the Moon, whose very physics demonstrate how different and new everything beyond Earth is, we'll realize how trivial the things that divide us are.

Building on the Moon is so arduous, all agencies present would gain greatly working together. That example would shine back to Earth, showing how much more we achieve when we aren't at odds.

But we must agree to work together. Woman stands in our heart for community, common cause. A woman in that harsh place says, by her presence, this is for us all. I'd like to send that message home."

Yan Liu in China

"I would like to be the First Woman on the Moon because I do believe it is women's responsibility to participate in such a great work for the whole human being. As a mother of my daughter, I will surely have a better understanding of the circle of life when I glare at our blue lonely planet with deep empathy from the moon. I hope that all the countries, rich or poor, big or small, could understand that the tiny Earth is our only home and we should fight together against war and pollution for our own common homeland."

Anonymous in Egypt

"Becoming from the first women on the mesmerizing moon is a step that should have been taken long ago. We should have opened our eyes to -not only- men landing on the moon; but to women also making history. It's a long-wasted call, a very late news on the newspaper. It will finally fulfill my everlasting thirst to space.

Going to the moon will satisfy my passion and sense of wonder for space, it will set the records straight that women are also capable of long future missions. It will pave the way for more future women astronauts."

Ankita Roy in India

"The art of space exploration is no roadside brawl for female to shrink from. In fact, Perseverance and emotional intelligence crucial to a space expedition is inherent to females because of their sex.

I wish to be the first female lunar astronaut to scientifically dissect like in microgravity, for earth-based medical applications.

The first female lunar astronaut would set irrefutable evidence of female scientific capability, which is still doubted and scorned by many.

In conclusion, with a real-life Artemis reaching up for the moon, the vast void of space would have turned man's egotistical viewpoint of himself topsy-turvy."

Alexandra Waldherr in Austria

"I wish to be amongst the female astronauts inhabiting our moon, encouraging girls on Earth.

Heroines like Currie and Johnson showed me how brave women challenge traditions and shift paradigms. Beyoncé first hired a black photographer after 126-years VOGUE-history and consequently proofed discrimination wrong. Powerful women and needed to fight stereotypes!

Evolution selected creative, caring, persistent mothers. Ours fought for women rights around the globe and cleared today's ways for many girls to follow and focus their excellences on world-changing discoveries.

I strive after becoming the first female "Austronaut" (= Austrian astronaut) to do so."

Marielle Rufin in Germany

"As a woman I strongly believe that the moon landing of the first woman will be a great and important event, not only in women life but the world. This will show finally equity between men and women.

As an woman engineer, I got to always work the extra mile, to show men that I can do at least same good work as they do. Fighting for women rights is every day at work in men dominated area. I would glad to be the first showing them that, even on the moon, I can do it too !"

Sophia Porter in USA

"It was another women's first. Watching the Earth recede, I remember the brave women and men who crossed borders and party lines so I could cross the Karman line, and weightlessness hung heavy in my lungs. "To be sure, we are behind in manned flight. . . But in this decade, we shall make up and move ahead," Kennedy once said. We reached the Mare Tranquillitatis, where man took one small step 50 years ago, and I stamped a footprint in history for all of humanity so someday the women's first would be unremarkable; it would just be the first."

Anonymous in The Netherlands

"Our return to the moon is essential, but to do so while disregarding the potential locked away inside women would be folly. Perhaps among women are the best people capable of meeting the challenge. I would love to hold the honour of being one of those women, standing somewhere few have stood before, and experiencing that life-changing perspective. But personal glory is not why we aim for the moon, the planets and the stars beyond. I can work for that dream, but it is not vital that I am the one to go. It only matters that we do."

Cendrine Cingala in Réunion, France

Eyes wide open, I take a deep breath and start walking to the rhythm of my heartbeat. Rocket star in my brain, filling my head with the sweetest light caressing my eyes and everything I see...
Strolling but dancing inside, I can't resist the call of my womb tree, connected to Mother Earth and reaching for the Moon.

Suddenly I stop and stare at this Full Moon bathing me in Her pure feminine energy moonlight.
"I wish I could walk on Your sacred ground, at least for 28 days.
I promise to whisper Your dreams to my beloved sisters and brothers".

Artemis Westenberg in The Netherlands

"Man may have walked on the Moon, but humanity will not truly have stepped on the Moon until women have also walked there. For until women go to a place and start building a community, there really is no human presence. Establishing and building a social hub is what actually brings humankind to some place, any place, and our Moon is no different.
My name is Artemis, named after the Moon Goddess. It would be appropriate for that second "first step" to be mine; for me to be that woman who helps start a home for humans on our Moon."

Anonymous in USA

When I was younger, I used to think I should've been born a male. It took a long time to realize that I was lacking representation for the things I dreamed about. I thought I needed to be a man to walk on the moon. I later heard of Sally Ride and realized women could do the same things as men. I want to follow my dreams, not in spite of gender, but because of it. I want to be the first woman on the moon so girls like me can say, "I can do it too."

Anonymous in USA

"My dream of being the 1st Woman on the Moon started in grade school as I watched the 1st Apollo moon landing. Later, I was chosen to be the only woman mission controller on the Lunar Prospector Mission, the 1st Mission Back To Moon After Apollo. I am one of the 1st to take Commercial Astronaut Space Training. I know the 1st Words I would say when landing on the moon, what it would mean to women throughout the world & how humanity would benefit. I have the Vision, Purpose & Significance. Render me the 1st Woman on the Moon!"

Philomena Bonis in Canada

Katerina Christina Liakopoulou in Greece

"When Neil Armstrong proclaimed, "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind." the whole world rejoiced in celebration despite the stated exclusivity in his statement. Male domination has been ingrained in our societies and women still face immense adversities worldwide. Now, almost 50 years after the first men walked on the surface of the moon, women have still not had the opportunity to share in this extraordinary experience. Yet, we're all explorers by nature and everyone, regardless of gender deserves to look up to the sky and see themselves as pioneers, adventuring on these brave new worlds."

Anonymous in USA

"Firsts -the world is full of firsts. First borns, first steps, first tries. But the world is lacking the recorded firsts of women. Movie titles, awardees, names in history; it's time to open the door, excuse me, it's time to open the hatch, to a woman. Being the first woman to step her space boot on the grey fluffy surface of the moon wouldn't be just for me, but for every woman and girl in the past, who has toiled for the day; present, for those who dream; and future, for those to dare to accomplish the seemingly impossible."

Mathura Shanmugasundaram in USA

"Being the first woman on the moon will finally equate the skewed balance for centuries. More little girls around the world will dream and become pilots not of the sky but of space. It would mean a new hope for millions who were forbidden to dream because of the way they are born. It will spark a new revolution, a new era: one where nothing is impossible and one with true equality. It's time to make history and the first woman on the moon will pave the way for the first human on Mars and she will be a woman."

Agata Maria Kolodziejczyk in Poland

"I am healthy, full of love, energy and joy, mother of four young kids. I am also a doctor of biology, former Advanced Concepts Team postdoctoral fellow at European Space Agency, initiator and co-founder of the first in Europe habitat Lunares to simulate lunar analog missions. The first Woman on the Moon will help our planet to have baby, because she understands, how important it is. She will carry terrestrial life safely to the lunar surface. She will protect life on the Moon, sustain and multiply it. She will create Moon alive according to her nature and evolutional destiny."

Anonymous in USA

"In this day and age women are taking over the space industry, though some choose to ignore the fact. What better way to drive the point home then by having a woman set foot on the moon? I think I would be the perfect person to be the first woman on the moon because I don't back down from fear. Whether I am speaking up for what I believe in in front of the media or, hopefully one day, travelling through the mass of dark matter we call space, I am ready for the challenge and adventure."

Anonymous in New Zealand

"Its 2025. I am sitting on the crater ridge next to my temporary Moonbase home. Born in the Philippines during the Apollo era yet managed to transcend odds to devote my life to the democratization of access to space for everyone: A physicist and space scientist by training, a project manager, educator, author and community builder at heart, my love for moonshots and impact has led to helping the first private citizens to space, mentoring space startups globally, and catalyzing space ecosystems in emerging and developing countries. An equal representative of half of humanity today, it is truly an honor."

Anonymous in Denmark

"One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind," a phrase that echoes around our patriarchal world. The name Valentina Tereshkova, is insignificant to most, but imagine how different our world would be if she was first in space instead of flying two years after Gagarin? Women account for less than 11 percent of space explorers and we are fighting for equality and respect daily in all sectors. If I or another woman steps on the Moon, it would represent one success in our struggle for women's rights. "One small step for a woman, one giant leap for womankind".

Anonymous in Japan

Title 'the flower'

"At the dark corner inside an obsolete cafeteria, smell of the wood along with the wind of west coast. Two couple speaks softly. After the moment of silence, the boy whispered at her ear. I love you. He gave her a strange shaped flower. Two couple speaks vigorously. Walking inside the colony. The boy found a beautiful flower, asked the girl what it is. She answers, the flower is called lunawer. It was brought to earth from the first woman who went to the moon."

Chiara Piacenza in Italy

"Landing on the Moon as a woman would mean for me to be able to represent a new portion of our humanity, and of the people that make progress possible. In this big group, with passion and intelligence, each and everyone of them contributes to human space exploration. Women are this. So, like every day a young woman wears snickers to run, a working lady puts wheels to enter her office, or welcomes her feet in slippers, we would step on the Moon, marking the lunar surface with a perfectly fitting boot, because that is the place we belong to."

Anonymous in United Kingdom

"She came from the stars. She loves singing, running, observing the sky. She is patient, persistent, flexible, multitasking but above all... she is curious! Her mission is to discover more about our origins. There is a way to do it: travel back to the universe and explore! Her first stop is our nearest companion, the dear Moon. In a world full of plastic dolls, the necessity of sending women to the Moon is becoming more and more important. It's our responsibility to continue the legacy that all the brilliant female astronauts stated and provide inspirational role models to the next generation!"

Shyama Narendranath in India

"A first is a new beginning that leaves a mark. A woman is always associated with nurture; her individuality suppressed; stifling expressions. Moon is something we resonate with. Armstrong's footprint etched on the Moon also captivated millions worldwide. If I were to be that first woman on the Moon, as a scientist it would be an extraordinary experience and opportunity to search for the right pieces of the puzzle that shrouds its origin. As a woman it would be a moment of rapture for not just me or my girl back home but for the many little girls who dream."

Anonymous in the Philippines

"Women made a great contribution in Apollo 11 mission by writing the code that made the lunar landing possible and creating a communication system that made Neil Armstrong to be heard around the globe. The Moon is also called as Luna, Diana, Cynthia, and Selene, which were female names. It would be another great leap for mankind if a woman could make a small step too.

Being able for a women to land on the moon represents that women can do what men can do. I may not be as strong as a man, but the love of learning matters."

Anonymous in United Kingdom

"First woman" nearly always means not the first human. A man did it first. Yet it is a necessary step to equality. I want to see the day in my lifetime where we have as many accomplishments that are firsts done by women as done by men. If I were the first woman on the moon, I would highlight that there is no reason for why this took an extra 50+ years from the first man. I'd encourage the women of the world to aim to the be the first person, not just the first woman, to break new boundaries.

Cecilia Hertz in Sweden

"I love my life as a space entrepreneur; working 20 years with astronauts and co-creating space vehicle interiors and concepts for habitation on the Moon and Mars. I have experienced a hyperbaric chamber, weightlessness in parabolic flights and landed the space shuttle in the astronaut training facility in Houston.
Hopefully my next adventure will take me to the Moon. Like Liu Yang, I embrace this opportunity to inspire other women to work in the space field. My work in space technology transfer is to contribute to a sustainable future on our planet. Why space? Because earth depends on it."

Anonymous in Ecuador

"Dear Astronaut

¿Why you would like to be the First Woman or one of the First Women on the Moon? When you are little you wanted to become the same person you admired or any profession you liked, no matter how difficult it was. However, from a very young age I had that desire to see the earth from space, to know new horizons where the human being is expanding his knowledge, to be or not to be the first woman to travel to the moon is something impressive the truth if I had the opportunity to make a trip to the moon and ask me ¿how was the trip ?
My answer would be: There is no description by the feelings found."

Mahsa Esfandabadi in USA

"Women hold a central role in society and I emerge from a region known for rich cultural and intellectual history. As a metaphor, there are lands on our planet where women wish to fly beyond orbit and reach a new moon free from the grip of rules to reach their dreams. It seems impossible, but once gravity does not apply they can jump as high as the wish.

Being the first Middle Eastern student in Space Architecture Program I feel like, despite all sanctions and restrictions, I am ready to launch towards the next goals - the real moon."

Anonymous in The Netherlands

"We have no idea how nonlife became life. A collective uncalculable improbability of 7 billion humans wake up every morning into a blissful unawareness about where we are and how we became to be. I will never know. All I can do is offer the 200 ova that I have left, for the continuation of that uncalculable improbability. Maybe someone, sometime, will know. I don't have to be the first woman on the Moon. But there has to be a woman on the Moon. Cause if there is one, there will be all of us, and everyone to ever exist."

Anonymous in Germany

"The moon is fascinating. It is the next stop of a long journey, a testing ground for new technologies and the door to the universe. I believe women will have a significant impact on space exploration and I want to be part of it. I believe nationalities don't matter because from up there, we are all one and the same. My goal is to inspire women from all over the world to follow their dreams and never give up. I live by the example that nothing is impossible, aspire to be a role model for young women with scientific interests."

Mahnoor Nadeem from Pakistan

"What does it mean to be a woman? Does it signify achievement, honor or even dignity? Nothing has evolved more than the role of a woman in society over decades if not centuries. In the past however, they have been marred with a multiplex of quotidian conundrums involving preconceived notions about their historical inequality. Taking a constructionist perspective, it is the "hoi polloi" that mold a woman into the amalgamate of her roles in society. This has been no different in my case and small things in life have inspired me to shoot for the stars! Having my father explain the idea of a shooting star, meteor shower or better yet an eclipse is still etched in my memory. These awe-inspiring interstellar events have since forever galvanized the drive to take a generation defining leap. A leap towards the first woman on the moon."

Ola Cook in USA

"Space agencies throughout the world have largely overlooked people who would be prefect candidates for the space program: breast cancer survivors. I survived twice! In both cases I was subjected to multiple physical mutilations, toxic chemicals, radiation and lengthy recoveries. Nausea, pain, discomfort, no problem. I attribute my stamina to a healthy, strong athletic childhood, military training, SCUBA diving and strength of my will. I worked briefly at NASA and SETI and have dreamed of space travel my whole life. I would be an excellent candidate because I would not expect to return to earth. Please, retire me to the moon!"

Elizabeth Hand in Canada

"I have grown up reading and listening to stories about the stars, ready to go up anytime. In fact, I was a kid who prayed each night that aliens would abduct me to space. Evidently, stories like Contact had quite the effect on me. Today, as a science communicator, I use the art of storytelling to work towards a reality in which women and girls picture themselves on the moon, on Mars, piloting ships—being the explorers—the legends.

One of the first women on the moon has to tell us the story. I am still ready to go up."

Anonymous in USA

"Being one of the first women on the moon is important to me as an evolutionary biologist because I want to increase the number of basic science researchers in the astronaut community. I hope that by diversifying the makeup of scientist astronauts, we can promote a greater breadth of research being done in space and expand the richness of ideas being shared in this community. As humans venture closer to becoming an interplanetary species, we will need broad input from the scientific community on how to best make the transition into the cosmos, with the moon being the first leap."

Anonymous in USA

"Blame it on the "Famous American" report I read as a child in Ukraine where I saw Sally Ride – the first American woman in space. "First" and "space" caught my attention. I wanted to be an astronaut. I wanted to walk the surface of the moon. It was many years later – when my female friends left me alone in a physics classroom – that the word "woman" became relevant, and the hard work in these years brought me to an internship at NASA. I yearn to be that "Sally Ride" for a little girl, because these little girls too become women."

Anonymous in USA

"Twelve to None is the current score. It is a shame to be this way and it is long overdue to make this a level playing field. Let us make the right move right now. As the First Woman on the moon, I can liberate every other woman from unspoken barriers. I aspire to converge three billion voices and pave the path for a free world, ironically away from the world. Nobody deserves a limit on their dreams and it is about time for a woman to score. If not now, then when?"

Jeanette Bosch in USA

"Being the first woman on the moon would be an amazing honor. But the reason for selection would need to be on qualification of being a teacher, scientist, and Space Academy Alumni, not just being a female. Women have played an integral role in the space program, including the original thirteen women astronauts of the Apollo era. With the 60th anniversary of NASA, it is the perfect time to set up a colony on the moon, which is close enough to handle most problems. I would be proud to contribute to the endeavor to eventually sustain life on Mars."

Anonymous in Ecuador

"I would like to be the first woman on the moon because this will inspire women to follow their goals in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) careers. Globally, women represent 53% of science Bachelors and Master's students, yet only 28–30% of researchers [1]. In 2013 just the 18% of members of the American Astronomical Society were women [2]. These data show that women are under-represented in STEM careers. As Biotechnology engineering student I want to break these glass ceiling barriers; therefore being the first woman landing on the moon, I would achieve it."

References [1] Huyer, S. (2015). Is the gender gap narrowing in science and engineering. UNESCO Global Science Report: Towards 2030.
[2] Schmelz, J. (2013). Senior Women: A Comparison of Astronomy Organizations. Committee on the Status of Women in Astronomy.

Anonymous in USA

"Sending a woman to the Moon further breaks the glass ceiling – inspiring women to see no boundaries and to never listen to "no". From teaching KGSP's foundation year at UC Berkeley, my alma mater, to teaching ASPIRE during my Ph.D. at Ohio State, my mission has been to empower minorities to rise above boundaries — to inspire women to see no limits. Being the first woman on the Moon grants the platform to strengthen STEM outreach. This candidate should be more than traditionally qualified; she should show resolve in utilizing her platform to strengthen women's place in science. I'm that candidate."

Anonymous in Japan

"After several successful endeavors by women to travel in space, it's high time for women to go to the Moon. It wouldn't just be a triumph in human history but also in the field of gender equality in science, inspiring millions of girls to pursue a career in space science. Being a researcher in space industry, I have always been fascinated with space travel and a journey to the moon is something I have always wished for. I believe in today's world, nothing is impossible for women to do and women on the moon will be a reality very soon."

Anonymous in Sri Lanka

"Astronauts do more than just travel in space and explore. They impact the lives of people in ways which are unimaginable and extraordinary. And when she is a woman, the whole world is truly galvanized as well because women are no less. Thanks to my life-changing passion for space with a degree in engineering and a sound technical background, I have the vision to see myself accomplishing my long cherished dream of becoming the "first woman". Having various interpersonal and professional attributes, my thirst for tapping into the frequency of undiscovered worlds and habituating it would prove to be an asset to the magnificent space revolution."

Anonymous in USA

Cristel Grijalva in Mexico

"Since I can remember, I have felt like an outsider. I am sure my burning heart has been lightened up with the same fire God used to light up the Sun, maybe that is why I am always searching my way back home. There is someone out there calling for me, telling me in every step of my way that this is what I am meant to be. Just like me, several women feel the same way, outsiders in our own planet. I want to show them that we can get back to our home in space, the Moon."

Anonymous in USA

Anonymous in United Kingdom

"In 1959, thirteen women proved that they were good enough to become astronauts but were not allowed to fly. This missed opportunity for representation that would have inspired generations of women to become scientists, pilots and engineers, is a reason why I strive to do what they were not allowed to.

Another drive is the challenge itself; as an engineer working on a mission to the Moon, the prospect of making it there, even if for now only in my designs, is tangible.

And finally, to quote Eileen Collins: "we are explorers by nature". This is simply the next adventure."

Anonymous in Hong Kong

"As an ordinary woman, I was never going to be on the Moon." Many girls have dreams but there is always some physical restriction or mental barrier. 4 years ago, I was just a failing college student. To chase my dream, I strived to conquer every challenge. Now, alongside a Masters in Telecommunications at the University of Hong Kong, I lead space projects with European Space Agency and help to create Hong Kong's first satellite. As the first woman, we will show the world that regardless of background, we can do it. "To extra-ordinary woman: let's meet on the Moon!"

Anonymous in United Kingdom

"I would like to be one of the first women on the moon as a planetary imaging scientist to obtain more data on water-ice from its surface and to calibrate orbital data. I also want to be the continue the legacy of Mrs Pratiwi Sudarmono, who was supposed to join the cancelled STS-61-H mission as the first Indonesian in space. I hope this mission can inspire people from different backgrounds, especially ones who think that it's impossible for them to dream of going to space from myself, or if can't go, from the other women who will join the mission."

Anonymous in United Kingdom

"To achieve big goals, we need strong inspiration. For me, every astronaut story that I have read, created one step of the ladder that I have climbed to be where I am today, studying space engineering, designing satellites and dreaming of a flight to the Moon. But every day, I feel lucky to have found my way through the people who wouldn't think that a woman can do that.

Now I want to spread one message: if I could be The First Woman on the Moon, you can be the only female engineer in the room."

Anonymous in Canada

"Having just turned sixty-one probably nixes me right there but Sixty, being the new Forty makes me genetically about 45. I have no children which can be sad, unless I become wisdom-mother to a new starfaring generation; first stop, the Moon. I have valour, and keep others optimistic. Politically and religiously neutral, I respect opinions however zealous. The significance of being the first woman is to spawn courage in others. I've traveled much of the globe on my own, worked Northern Canada and five years in Saudi Arabia. My motto: Today the Earth, tomorrow, the Stars."

Valeria Gallego in USA

"The thought of a Colombian woman involved in pharmaceutical and aerospace research is unthinkable even today. Nevertheless, it is my dream and desire to be the first Latin-American scientist to incorporate pharmaceutical science into aerospace exploration and space medicine. I am an aerospace lover and pharmaceutical scientist woman developing novel drug delivery systems at Purdue University. Undoubtedly, taking my research to moon will contribute to the understanding of body-drug-space interactions and will be one small step in improving the well-being of astronauts and future colonizers, but one giant leap in inspiring and empowering women and pharmacists all around the world."

Anonymous in USA

"The journey of 238,900 miles begins with a single step. I am Angelica, and I immigrated to the United States at 18 years old, to chase after my dreams of becoming an astronaut. The "female" aspect to me is just a bonus, but I am a physicist by trade. Although I had taken unconventional paths to get to where I am today, my journey allowed me to develop both mental and physical survival skills, invaluable to the life of an astronaut. As a human female is tasked with carrying the next generation of her kind, in her womb, so should she be entrusted with playing a more active role in furthering the next generation of extraterrestrial missions."

Anonymous in USA

"As the first woman on the moon I dreamt of fame and glory, the right stuff.

What I realized, with my boots in the regolith and my eyes on the Earth, is that I would hold out my hand for the next woman explorer. I would bring her voyaging with me as I had been brought to this dark sky and bright future by the women before me. My perfectly preserved steps were the beginning of a representation of humanity in the stars that leaves no one behind. First is only important if followed by many.

Oh, but that view."

Anonymous in USA

"Representation matters. Early experiences help children imagine possibilities and women going to the moon provides role models for young girls as they imagine their place in the world and consider options for their future. As one of the first women to graduate from the US Naval Academy and one of the first women on a navy ship, I couldn't see my future as a leader so I devoted my life to educating adolescents to imagine all possibilities and to follow whatever path they choose. We need a world with no perceived boundaries that limit the possibility for any human being."

Anonymous in USA

"The tattoo nestled between my wrist and elbow is a daily reminder of the strength of the feminine spirit. The craters in the moon's surface prove that she has weathered orbit-altering impacts and can still influence the tides. To be one of the first women on the moon would fulfill a lifelong yearning for exploration and to lead future generations of female explorers. Sending women to the moon means the Apollo-era belief that women are incapable of the courage and valor necessary for space travel is obsolete, and that we are valued for our ability, grit, and tenacity."

Laurence Honnorat in France

"As I would take my first step on the moon, I would raise my finger at the blue planet as if to reach it through the air. I would think of its fragility and isolation, its torments but also the overwhelming beauty captured in my retinas. I would imagine our roots reaching down into planet Earth from the Moon. If a woman would finally step on the Moon, it would be to invite humanity to a future with no boundaries, to multiply the spaces where humans could live in harmony and fuelling our ambitions to travel further into the unknown."

Anonymous in Canada

"Representation matters. It's important to me to ensure the next lunar astronauts – the first in 50 years – include equal representation of women. I would be proud to be among this group. I am a scientist. When I was young, I had very few female role models in science, but those few were immeasurably inspirational. I wouldn't be a scientist today without them. Seeing women on the Moon will not only inspire the next generation of explorers, but it will set a global precedent of gender equality for humanity – both on and off Earth, as we expand into the solar system."

Anonymous in USA

"Idolizing the Space Race winners, like Buzz Aldrin, as a child, I can understand how encouraging the first woman on the moon will be too the little girls in the future. Since then strong women from all over have forged a path into space, like Sally Ride. Attending her speech in 2008, her inspirational words still drive me to help inspire others with my own passion for astronomy and engineering as she inspired me. Learning and growing each day, one day my determined hardwork and creative analytical perspective will guide me to achieve my life's goal of visiting our moon."

Anonymous in Italy

"After 46 years after the last launch of Apollo missions we need a woman to put her foot on the Moon. I would love to be that one because I am working on citizen science, involving tourist in glacier research. My mission is to preserve these fragile environments on Earth by educating the community. Looking back to our Mother Earth from the Moon, I want to convey the message that the Earth is a "limited edition", one of a kind, the only home we have and that we have to take care of her."

Simran Mardhani in India

"History has been witness to typical societal notions because of which women still hesitate to engage themselves in the STEM field. By becoming astronauts, women have already demonstrated high level of emotional, physical and mental endurance. Now stepping on moon would be the ultimate example of being relentless to achieve the impossible.

Surely, first human landing on the moon was one giant leap for mankind, but the impact of first woman there will be far beyond; breaking all stereotypes and empowering all women worldwide to expand their horizons.

And I would like to be the first one to do it."

Anonymous in USA

"I would like to be one of the first women on the moon to show the world that women can do what twelve men had the opportunity to do. Landing women on the moon will have a positive impact on the world, especially the young girls. The current limits for women will break. Women will be celebrated and respected for their capability which in turn will help to create a healthy workplace environment here on the Earth. It will be a huge step taken towards reaching our goal of gender equality."

Anonymous in France

"The first man on the moon planted a flag.
But let the first woman plant a tree!
What giant step it would be if it could be an olive tree.
I'd like to grow this symbol of peace and life
To help cultivate a lunar hearth without strife.
What an inspiration! What an aspiration!
Let both flourish under the moon's silver light.
And when we have settled all of the above,
Let the next passengers bring a dove."

Anonymous in Mexico

"History has witnessed wars against multiple deplorable situations, people who abuse others and people who despite them make wonderful discoveries, making us escape a bit from the nightmares while we think about science. Currently in my country there are many women without access to education, exploited people, in the same university they see the wrongs of people who try to be that fantastic human. I would like to carry that word of hope that we can do more, as women, as a country, but above all as human beings, that our mind can also see and perform unimaginably wonderful things."

Anonymous in USA

"I want to carry the world with me, like a marble in my coat pocket, always kept close at heart. I want them to see this view. No, I want them to feel this view. To feel the celebration of how far we have come; to feel the hope that we are not finished with our journey, not on Earth nor in the Cosmos; to feel that their dreams are valid and tangible; and to feel my deep gratitude and humility to represent these dreams. It's not about being the first. It's about how many I can bring with me."

Anonymous in Australia

"Any ordinary women ought to be the First Women on the Moon,
Not limited by her age, appearance or
Judged by her qualifications or background.

True equality on the Moon as in Earth, as in Mars,
ought be Judged by competency and enthusiasm for the mission she will achieve.

The demand for humanity to set a fair for all is ever important now as it was then, and perhaps moreso for the future"

Shreya Sharma in India

"The Lunar plaque reads 'We came in peace for all mankind'. Mankind. The word itself encompasses the long tradition of systemically oppressing women and downplaying their abilities. The moon missions ran from 1969 to 1972 but Sally Ride didn't fly until 1984. Astronauts like Kalpana Chawla have broken barriers in India to reach great heights and inspire generations of women like myself to step into the STEM field. Being chosen to be the first woman on the moon would advocate the cause of true equality among the sexes. One small step by a woman would cause humanity to be propelled forward at the speed of light."

The ILOA is an interglobal enterprise incorporated in Hawaii in 2007 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit to help realize the multifunctional ILO -- to advance human knowledge of the Cosmos through observation from our Moon, and to participate in lunar base build-out. The ILOA also since 2008 has co-sponsored with its Space Age Publishing Company affiliate an international series of Galaxy Forums and a Lunar Commercial Communications Workshop.