In 1978, Winifred's husband got a job offer from Bank of America in San Francisco. That is when she found NASA. It was a rewarding place to work as a woman. She was there until her retirement in 2006. (Even today she still goes in once or twice a week.)
In 1994 she received the NASA Exceptional Scientific Achievement Medal.
“It was for the study of Entry Environment, and I worked with an experimental group to study—in the early 80s—to try to study the Shuttle’s protective shield because there was worry about the shuttle design. We tried to devise an experiment to measure the temperature, the pressure and the speed of the shuttle.”
(To be continued. Next: Losing Gifted Scientists to Social Pressure.)