In September 2006 Anousheh Ansari became the very first woman to ever go to space. But not only was she the first female space tourist, she was also the first Muslim woman of Iranian descent. Obviously being able to travel into space does not happen overnight. It took a lot of hard work and this is her story.
Anousheh was born in pre-revolution Iran in 1966. Approximately twenty years later, in 1984, she moved to the United States. This is where she received her bachelor’s degree in electronics and computer engineering at the George Mason University. After that she earned her master’s in electric engineering at the George Washington University. So we can definitely say that Anousheh Ansari is a very well educated woman who knows what she wants.
The first Muslim woman and the fourth private explorer to visit space, Anousheh Ansari is also an active proponent of world-changing technologies and social entrepreneurship. This is perhaps why hundreds of miles away from her home in the United States she is in rural Rajasthan to help poor villagers get connected with the world. She is the chairman and co-founder of Prodea, a digital technology company that wants to simplify consumer’s digital experience.