An important focus for ILOA Hawai'i is to realize the First Women on the Moon. In support of this goal, ILOA held two 'First Women on the Moon Essay Contests' to inspire women, girls and everyone around the globe.

The 2018 First Women on the Moon Essay Contest was conducted with help from Astronaut Soyeon Yi, formerly of Korea Aerospace Research Institute, who reviewed and selected a Contest Winner with ILOA associates based on the merit of the written essay. Participants were asked 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.

The 2019 First Women on the Moon Essay Contest  was coordinated by ILOA and Moon Village Association to advance Women in Space and on the Moon. Contestants were asked to contribute 200-word submissions to describe the significance of landing the First Women on the Moon - and an optional graphic component.

Below are compliations from the 2 contests inlcuding Winners and their contributions.


Grand Prize Winner 2018:

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 2018:

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."

Semifinalists for 2018:

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.

[Thank You video shared by contestant after winners announced]

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.

ILOA and Moon Village Association sponsored the 'First Women on the Moon' Essay Contest in 2019.

Contestants were asked to contribute 200-word submissions to describe the significance of landing the First Women on the Moon - and an optional graphic component.

Grand Prize Winner 2019:

Pavithra Manghaipathy in UAE


Under the summer sun, I met you at the Louvre,
No, I suppose we met earlier, didn't we?
As I saw in dreams, a huntress and her army calling on to a lost soul and
Maybe I took a while, but I promise I am on my way.

Perhaps you were the one who taught me patience
Enduring countless passes of time under your own light,
Ready with a drawn bow that gleams with reflected hope.

Archers on standby, ready to launch,
Selene, wait no longer.
Parting seas, challenging hierarchy,
Everglowing sisterhood standing strong with clarity,
Reaching for the skies we're on our way,
An alliance of hunters ready to join you and stay.

The rabbit now beckons to a new wonderland,
As we advance,
Mysteries and machines united under our minds,
Quietly working for decades and now we're alight.
Under us lays the labour of our sisters,
And ahead of us, new futures,
Marching on ahead to new worlds.

Dreams are now reality
Every number and word held to scrutiny
As the moon brings forth good omens
May she be joined by the first women.

Runner up / Alternate 2019:

Priyanka Garg in United Kingdom

 The overview effect can be described as a cognitive, emotional and spiritual shift in the internal worldview of a person experiencing it, that leads to a sense of awareness of the unity or oneness of our planet. It is an emotion that travels beyond rudimentary borders, irrespective of gender, colour or creed reminding us how fragile the earth looks from space, only lined by a thin egg shell atmosphere. I want to be the first woman on the moon to experience this phenomenon, to remind myself of the humanitarian conflicts existing on earth and to share this experience with others, so they understand the irrelevance of differences that exist and how we are all only stardust. I want to join hands with others to work for a better cause, a planet with no bias, a planet where women have an equal opportunity to thrive, a planet to call home.

Semifinalists for 2019:

Priya Patel in USA

From the dawn of time, we have looked up at the sky and wondered about the shining light in the darkness of our night sky. The Moon has been our guiding light since we were microbes in the deep ocean, empowering us to evolve into who we are today. She witnessed suffrage, indecency, inequality and even seen some success. She has witnessed so much, but we have not witnessed enough of her. The Moon and all her glory has always been mystifying to earth-dwellers and technological advancements allowed us to achieve her ever so slightly. In 1969 we barely scraped the surface of what the Moon holds, the same as we barely started a women's movement in the 1920s. If such a small voice back then started a roar, just imagine what one small step can do. Following in the footsteps of fearless women before me, it is now my time to put my best foot forward.

Celeste Petratoli in Italy


Ola Marra Cook in USA

The success of the women on the moon won't be measured by getting there. We know we can. The significance will be measured not by the oddity of our achievement, but by the mundane existence of our presence. It will be measured by surviving there, employing flexibility, patience and sacrifice, not brute force. True pioneers don't seek fame, they seek challenge and adventure in the unknown. The reward comes from achieving tangible results. Women understand that there is often loneliness, hardship and commitment to survive every day. I know I can and do. Women are nurturers and protectors; we do not seek to conquer but to embrace, share and build. We feel the moon's presence within us, ebbing and flowing every month. Do not let her wait any longer, waxing and waning bright and dark without us. Let us go. We know we can, and we are ready now. The time has come not for small steps and giant leaps, but for long strides and great surges into the future of humanity. Send me to the moon and I will build, plant, grow and reap a bountiful harvest. I know I can and must-no need to strike medals.

Ashley Anderson in USA

It's the most beautiful, unapologetically perfect thing I've ever seen. The way it glows and fills the sky with wonderment, you can't help but feel childlike gazing at it. The possibilities of the universe are endless and the moon is proof. It keeps us afloat in a dangerous sea and I would love nothing more than to glide on its surface just one time. The first woman ever, I couldn't ask for a better experience. The love and respect I feel for the moon is beyond words. Representing women across the globe, being an example of what is possible if you just dream hard enough, is an opportunity I'd love more than anything.

Yunita Permatasari in Indonesia

the moon marks the arrival of the night,
time for all humanity rests to welcome tomorrow

the moon illuminate the dark sky tirelessly and unconditionally as a mother who does not complain to look after her child

when it comes time for humans to set foot on the Moon then women must be one of them, he represents the initial guardian of human life

Women from all over the World can represent it, but Indonesian women not only represent women but the diversity of "Bhinneka Tunggal Ika", diversity of ethnicities, cultures, religions but still one humanity. Indonesia represents the developing country that trying to catch up on the dream, located on the emerald equator that always sees the Moon as the dream light.

Anna Volker in USA

Space for All

One year ago, I would have been embarrassed to tell you that I dream of going to the moon.
I would say it jokingly because society tricks girls into believing that our aspirations are laughable. We are taught to internalize this self-doubt so that we can at least be in on the joke.

Today, I am indignant with the thought, "How dare we?" How dare we let lesser minds swindle us into thinking that we are not enough? How dare we let fear of failure hold us back? For everyone who has ever been told to take up less space, let us be full moon-bold, brilliant, and whole.

I want to be the first woman on the moon not because it is easy but because it is hard to unlearn the self-doubt that we have been raised on without someone to show us the heights that we can rise to. I want to be the first woman on the moon to show my younger self, the girls of today, and the explorers of tomorrow that our footprints belong here too. I am passionate about making space for all because the future of humanity depends on it.

Prachi Dutta in USA

One small leap for a woman, one giant leap for human-kind.
It is February 2, 2003. I am getting ready for school, like on any other ordinary day in my life. And just like any ordinary 11 year old girl from the ordinary village of Ballabgarh, I despise going to school in the chilling Delhi winter at 7A.M. What is the point? In 10 years, I'll be taking care of my house, husband, and kids, like any other woman I know of. The school autorickshaw is half an hour late, so my father calls the school to inquire. The principal has decided to cancel school today. I don't bother to ask the reason, I'm ecstatic. Not knowing that his next few words will change the course of my life, he goes, "Don't look so happy. Kalpana Chawala died last night on her way into space. We just lost a national hero."
That entire day, and over the next few days, I couldn't stop thinking about Kalpana. An ordinary girl from a small Indian town, just like me, yet she dreamed of going into space, which made us so different. I had found my inspiration, my idol, who throughout my life, would motivate me to push my limits and reach for the stars. And therefore, I want to be the first woman on the moon, for that little girl from Ballabgarh, and for all the "ordinary" girls of the world, to tell them that no matter how ordinary you are, you can do extra-ordinary things.

Second Contribution / Revised Essay:

An ordinary day. I'm getting ready for school. And like any ordinary 11-year old from a small village, I hate going to school in chilling winter. What is the point? In a few years, I'll be taking care of my husband and kids, like every other woman I know. My school's autorickshaw is half hour late, so my mother calls the driver to inquire. He tells her that the school is cancelled today. I don't bother to ask the reason, I'm ecstatic, and she can see that. I don't know if she intended to do this or not, but what she said next changed the entire course of my life. "Kalpana Chawala died last night while returning from space. We lost a hero."

I found my inspiration. Kalpana: an ordinary girl (like me) from a small Indian town, she dreamed of reaching the stars. To this day, she motivates me to push my limits. Like her, I want to inspire all the "ordinary" girls of the world, to tell them that no matter how ordinary you are, you can do extraordinary things. Because, one small step for a woman is one giant leap for womankind.

Favorite Graphic / Honorable Mention:

Anastasia Kokori in United Kingdom (from Greece)

you are so different from my home. No water, no atmosphere, you cannot host me. However, I deeply respect you, and I want to know more about you. Your unique nature still remains a mystery for us on Earth. As human beings, we look up towards you, wondering about our origins. The exploration of our roots starts from you, but only men have made this step, trying to reveal your secrets. Women and men live, evolve, and contribute equally to the miracle of life. It is the different perspectives that will make us, together, carry on the journey of answering our fundamental questions. The journey of finding our common roots, which are deepening into the Universe like a tree's roots in the ground. I want to be the first woman stepping on you and advocate for all women but above all, for all humans. A paradigm shift is needed� now. The picture of women stepping on you must be a familiar one to future generations. My role is to establish this perspective in all people's minds: a world where women are equally highlighted in the history of humanity.

Other Appreciated, Quality Entries for 2019:
in the order they were received

Takara Singh in USA

I am 11. In 7 years the rockets and infrastructure required for long duration stay on the moon will be ready. I plan to be ready to help the living creatures which will undoubtedly be a part of that journey make their trip to the moon and help us to develop a permanent presence there.

I love animals and space and humans are symbiotic with animal life on this planet. They are much better then robots! With this prize I will also return to China, the mother kingdom and help them bring peace to the world through this great adventure.

Mariam Vergara Terron on Mexico

 "Now it is time for us to be here".

These should be the opening words Earth receive from the first but not last Woman reaching our natural satellite. Stepping the Moon is not just one giant leap for mankind; along with it, is an open door full of opportunities placed to be taken by all the courageous, talented and enlightened women who are not waiting any more to be notice, they are brightening by themselves like stars in dark times.

This is a new chance for all to recognize the seriously vital role that women play in every single human life aspect and how can change the times to come. Represent, give hope to women of all ages and demonstrate that, despite the complex society in which as women we do fight for survive, is possible for us to reach the Moon would be an honor for me and the best day of my life.

It is time for every Woman in the world to leave her mark not only on lunar dust, but in the mankind history.

Anonymous in China

Here I am,
With my favorite tune
Fly me to the moon

A chasse
and yearning for a turn
Closing the gap between the two
A moon river,
witnessing with my eyes,

Years ago
One man set foot here
And now here I am
Completing his half step

I might be late to the party
No one shall stop me from dancing well

Jasmine Smith in USA

To my future self:
Remember why you've fought so hard
The rise of women
This is it
Walk for you and the universal emblem you wish to signify
For the other little girls in the world who feel as you have felt
For the ones afraid of their own light
For the ones who have yet to understand their eminence
Walk for them and let them know you will be their light
Their woman on the moon
You will beckon them closer into the beauty of the moonlight
Be their comfort as they grow in its beam
You will be there when they are confused and lost in the dark of this world
Unaware of lurking shadows ready and waiting to be barriers in the path of their dreams
Because you are them and they are you
You staggered but didn't fall
You cried but never bowed
You were afraid but stood tall
You've felt weak but looked strong
So now, let the power radiate off of you and into the hearts that need it most
You were there but you made it out
The dark between the stars until you became the light of the moon

Julie Ann Delda in Philippines

The joy of walking in the moon can be compared to the joy of riding a motorcycle. As the two wheels move the soul, two feet move the humankind. Just like motorcycling, moonwalk can be both safe and thrilling if we are prepared to accept the responsibility of our own actions. My motorcycle is not just a vehicle to move me from place to place, it is an experience every time I ride it. Walking in the moon can be exciting though fear and risk do exist. No amount of explanation can take place of experience.

If I could walk on the moon, I would be completely in contact with it all, experiencing with all my senses just like riding a motorcycle. I would be no longer watching the moon since I would be in the scene and that presence is overwhelming.

Gender should never play a role in wanting to do anything in life. Women are always portrayed behind, with our arms wrapped around a man's waist. Let us not be girls who need men to take us to places. Instead, let us be strong women who can ride and get to the moon on our own. Women on motorcycles and on the moon are powerful.

Galpoththage Kalani Champika Thilakarathna in Sri Lanka

To be among the first women on Moon will be a stupendous achievement and a pride. It will be a remarkable recognition of the potent of the womanhood. First woman on moon will be a symbolic for the beginning of human life beyond earth. Accepting the existence of the fairer gender and giving the righteous place compared to that of men and of course it is a proof that the hand that rocks the cradle rules the world soon to be corrected to the hand that rocks the cradle rules the universe. Universe really needs the demeanor, charm and the beauty as well in addition to the rough and hard rocket science and lifeless atmosphere. To make this a reality women need to step out from their typical mundane daily chores and should bring a hope of feminism in the space. In a world full of tough cookies I would like to be that gentle, lovable and soft hearted "Lady Boss" in the Space. To experience life beyond earth and to discover there's hope beyond my comfort zone would be a thing worth trying. It will be a onetime little girl's dream come true to conquer the Space and with love to the moon and back.

Anonymous in Canada

They chose to send men on the Apollo missions to the Moon, to go in peace for all mankind. Yet Apollo is the sun god, the god of light, when the Moon shines brightest at night. The legacy of the Apollo era lives on brightly in the countless people who joined the space industry because of the goals they felt were increasingly attainable, as well as dimly in the lunar program which, like a massive star, shone bright then died.

Now, the Artemis generation has the capacity to create a new, sustainable generation of lunar explorers as the Moon goddess claims her rightful throne. As Artemis ascends, a fresh path, one of diverse design and intention will be ignited. The first woman on the Moon goes for the future of all humankind, and paves a way forward which includes everyone in the exploration and settlement of their common heritage - the Moon. I would like to be this woman, who breaks ground on the Moon in order to enable all humankind to feel as if they are part of monumental change in the universe, and to encourage all to be part of it.

Lauren Church in United Kingdom

The generation before us had their "Apollo Moment"; memory of Neil Armstrong setting foot on the Moon. Everyone remembers the famous words. It inspired a whole workforce of STEM-minded children to pursue their dreams, and now Artemis must do the same. Thousands of girls across the world are discouraged and disheartened from chasing the stars, simply because of their gender. It is critically important that we capture their hearts, just as Apollo captured so many. To be able to carry the weight of the world watching the first woman set foot on the moon would be an endless honour. But if it were to not be me, I would want it to be someone who thousands of young girls can look up to. Someone children can look at and in whom they can see themselves. I want it to be someone who is representative of those who don't have a voice or a seat at so many tables; someone who is LGBT+, a person of colour, a woman, someone from a lower socio-economic background or is the first in their family to go to university. I want a true role model to be the first woman to set foot on the Moon. And I have no doubt that that will happen.
The Artemis generation will look up to the sky, and remember a name that made the giant leap not just for mankind, but for HUMANkind.

Nikhitha C in India

I am a space science communicator from SSERD. Our focus shifted towards School Students when we realized that these are the students who are dreaming of Space and these are the students who need to be concentrated and guided, while most of them would like to become Astronauts.
In India, many girls have their role models as the Astronaut - Dr. Kalpana Chawla whom we don't have around us. Today we need someone to uplift the curiosity and generate an enormous amount of courage to take up the challenges.
NASA thinking of taking the first-ever woman on the moon will for sure change the mindset of many girls and women to take up STEM and will also lead them to take up the challenges of achieving anything in their lives. Not only Indians Mindset of restricting women to do something new will change but the whole world's. It is going to break the barrier that society has constructed around themselves. That one Woman on the Moon will give birth to many dreams among the Girls and Women. It is going to be the matter of Proudness that every woman on this planet Earth will ever feel.

Shabnam Verma and Sanskriti Verma in India

 "Moon I want to be with you and enhance your beauty,
I promise when you are in a bad condition,
I will spread into rainbow and do my duty"

The first step on any land creates a new identity. The first step is very pure representing the untouched and new experience.

Women like Valentina Tereshkova have paved a way to a new cosmos and to a beginning of a new horizon of ideologies.
Moon with it's scars welcomed her, with it's gravitational pull enjoyed her company and with it's new phases showed her the different phases of life portraying love, joy, misery, happiness and sorrow.

My mind cannot digress a second without imagining the scintillating yet dark journey, to touch the surface and to be around another yet to be ventured satellite.

Moon, please pull me into your arms and let me, a woman, climb on your back and explore your pure soul!


Amira Kenza Aissiou in Canada

Slow and steady breaths, heart racing, she takes one more step, boot slightly sinking into the grey, dusty surface. She looks out at the horizon through her visor and admires the rough and untouched lunar landscape. She is the first woman to step foot on the moon.

This event marked a new era for humankind. Both man and woman have stepped foot on an extraterrestrial land. It was at this moment that the vision of a lunar colony became tangible. Humans were no longer visitors on this cratered surface; they were settlers. This avant-garde concept spread like wildfire through the minds of billions on the terrestrial surface. The moon was becoming an extension of humankind's environment. --

What I care about most is the symbolic event of having a woman step foot on the moon. Although the glory of being the first would compare to non-other, I do not wish to be her. I am young, and there are women who are much wiser and more experienced than me. I am confident that the first woman on the moon will be deserving of this title and I will be right behind her as she paves the way for the future generation.

Kritika Chawla in India

Exploration is in our nature ,we began as wanderers and we are wanderers still ,we have lingered long enough on the shores of cosmic ocean.we are ready at last to set sail for the stars - Carl Sagan
Ever since the creation of human on earth .mankind has been engaged in the exploration and inhabitation of new lands.history is brimming with such instances that potrays " humans are not meant to be confined within a single world". Every corner of the earth has been explored and inhabitated .hunger for exploration has been feeding up mind of many scientific culture with the idea of exploration of celestial bodies.But due to Gender biases , opportunities are more favorable to one sex only, as in early phase space programme were developed and designed taking into consideration men only and it should be acknowledged to move past it ,to unleash large potential for growth in innovation and creativity. Female astronaut are still compensating for it ( eg restaff the spacewalk) which in regard is contrary to our development in the vast cosmic my view if human broaden their horizon from Man on moon to Human on moon then " woman on moon mission "is what we have to look upto. "Woman landing on moon " will further pave the way for exploration and propogation of mankind to other planet and making it suitable for habitation for "humans".
I would like to be the first woman on moon to advocate for the noble cause of human interplanetary space programme.
So at last i conclude with few words reflecting my views .i regard with high respect whopping doses of capability our race is repleted with .we are born as explorers ,we made mistakes ,learnt new lessons and achieved throughout the history whether it may be tools from stone age to rockets in space age .interplanetary travel is most difficult challenge we have ever pursued ,if achieved with present technology will represent pinnacle of our achievement

Finally we have to brake shackles of gravity and self imposed social limitations that had captivated us for long to find what is hidden in deep space

Dhanushya Dhanu in India

 We are in the world of technology. First women in moon is really a victorious thing but it should not be stressed because this is as casual as the previous attempts to land on moon. Being women is so casual and usual like other living beings on earth. So i feel that if i was the selected person to moon trip i will just thing that next to males its a common thing done. Because women can do much greater work than men. I my point of view its too late to send women to moon. Women should be send with Yuri Gagarin team because women are effecient than men. And i have a strong will power. I strongly suggest this point because i belive that i have more creative ideas in my small age on deep space mission that men do not. So being strong inside my heart as women i would like to take the previlage of next person and first women to moon.

Syeda Zainab Bokhari in Canada

In my household, I was born after 3 brothers - which meant my contributions weren't recognized as much. I wanted to prove that I could be a valued contributor and a woman at the same time. I decided to make a bold choice and pursue Sciences with every bone in my body. My attraction to space started when I saw Canadian astronaut Julie Payette in 2009 on her STS-127 mission. As a young girl watching her follow the path of other women before her - I was sprung. While others played with their dolls, I started reading books on black holes and galaxies. During that time, working in the field of aerospace was not considered a "lady's job" and a woman landing on the moon was unimaginable. Aside from being a woman, I'm also a Muslim woman with Pakistani roots. I come face to face with a lot of stigmas on a daily basis against my religion, my culture, and my beliefs. Being the first woman on the moon to me means empowerment, breaking barriers, opening a plethora of opportunities for the next generation of young females to come. I hope to take bold steps to inspire young females to dream big and work hard to break glass ceilings. By being the first woman on the moon, I would like to set an example for other women like myself; women of colour, women belonging to minorities, and women overall that we can reach high and turn a "man's world" into our own.

Victoria Gee in Canada

During the first steps to get men into space there have been strong women behind them - engineering their spacecrafts, completing their calculations, ensuring a safe path to victory and home. It's time now for women to be leading and inspiring the next generation of astronauts and scientists into the future. Too many times a young girl has been pushed aside for a boy to be chosen as leader, or to have their ideas dismissed based on gender. It's time for women to be front and centre showcasing our abilities and proving that there are no limits that bind us to the ground. It's not only important to push boundaries, but also to explain why. To be the first woman on the moon would be an honour because I'd be shaping history and teaching people the importance of acceptance and the value of a girl. Women have been underrepresented and not praised enough in science for far too long - it's time for change, and a new perspective. But above all else, it's time for hope. Hope to be given to girls all around the world that they matter and can achieve their dreams no matter how big or small.

Meechal Sara George in India

The brightest light on a clear night sky, that brightens the planet,that brightens the hope,that brightens the dreams,the passion,love and peace. A billion's dream place, the moon. I always loved to look at the moon and thought how it would be like up there, where the gravity holds me less to the ground, where i can see my home planet up in the sky like a blue dot. I would like to be one among them because it's my dream to fly high, walk on that soil where only men got luck to stand on. As a woman thus i can show the suppressed women in the world that everything is possible, only some hardwork and passion is needed. I want to be one among the first women in moon so that someone someday can say to the one suppressing them that "she did so i surely can

Priyanka Priyadarshini Behera in India

In India ,moon has been always a part of storytelling & poetries to express the beauty of someone .
People living in tall buildings ,in bright streetlights ,experiencing the life of a Cybernaut can rarely witness the life of a non-techie, veiled woman busy in household chores but still dreams of kissing the moon surface wearing Snoopy Cap, Extravehicular Mobility Units from 240,000 miles.
When someone represents his/her country in Olympics bringing a sense of nationalism , she forgets about religion ,caste, creed & culture. Similarly ,when a woman will represent earth regardless of diversified language, different flags ,various skin pigmentation holding the 'Flag Of Earth' competing in Galaxy's Olympics among with extraterrestrial life of other planets ,it would be an ecstatic moment.
Alike a mother teaching an infant to crawl & walk ,father moon will teach her how to put the footsteps in its zero-g.
Among 7.7 Billion World's population that first ever fortunate women will have to face psychological stresses of isolation ,changes in reproductive health, weak muscles & bone density ,change in respiration rate, pulse rate ,heart rate & blood circulation for working against gravity. It's not everyone's cup of tea but must be an inspiration for countries where gender equality& women empowerment ain't considered vital. They are limited on their movements of freedom & are not allowed to fly high to touch the sky.
When someone becomes successful she holds her head high & gaze up in the sky but for the first time ever in history ,from our natural satellite & cosmos ,the Goddess will 'look down' to justify the glory of accomplishment of her aim.
The goosebumps because of these women's achievement will once again unlock mysteries of universe to prove that those scintillating stars are our real ancestors & it can be further possible to send physically handicapped person to space & to explore the gateway of timetravel.

Catherine R. K. P. Mandigma in Philippines

 I am here.
This is how it feels to have the moon agree to settle, beneath my heels.
The flag of my country felt like a torch on hand,
The three stars and a sun shed light to set equality among race,
I thrust it deep into the lunar soil, alas! Gender equality - in outer space!

Yet, the international arena is small for the Filipino dream,
We want to display in the cosmic platform - hardships but with joy, difficulty yet resiliency,
Our highest contribution for humanity is our undying spirit and energy,
We shall sow dreams, let us harvest eternity.

The pale blue dot is the home of all humanity's deepest fear, hope, and love,
But now the earth, to contain new dreams is not enough.
As woman procreates, we now give birth to interplanetary dreams.
It is humanity's pursuit, as one, as a team.

Artemis landed where Apollo has been. The golden wait has encountered its end.
It meant a new beginning. It meant beyond. It meant borderless horizon, for everyone.
Why it matters so much is because our hardship desires to redefine impossibility.
As the first woman on the moon, let me now demonstrate what can be done.

Aditi Nilvarna in India

 I feel space is very philosophical to me. Subconsciously, imagining myself floating in space with immense satisfaction of being up there has been my motivation for everything, since childhood. It's my life's purpose to understand the universe, starting with our very own, MOON. Being a Hindu and growing up in the community that worships celestial bodies and is able to visualize beyond three dimensions through age old yoga techniques, who are able to live for more than 100 years just by mastering how to control breath... has forced me to question this very creation of LIFE itself.

Astronauts, for me, bridge the gap between the humankind and the scientific curiosity that has been spurred through eons. They are super humans in an angelic form trying to make explore the universe without any boundaries of caste, creed, religion, gender or age.

Space is uniting countries to work together and an inspiring factor for the modern man to be humane, for it makes one aware of how small we are in this expanse. I am Dr. Kalpana Chawla International Scholar through International Space University and I aspire to be an astronaut with a vision and mission, an example to be curious, selfless and an inspiration for the youth to live with purpose.

Kajol Hole in India

Space science was came into existence for the first time through the curiosity .Later it involves today's basic motives like exploring universe , finding better place to leave , existence of life on other palnet and water,and for the well-being of Human kind.Year 1969 we witnessed first manned flight and now I realized the difference it was not the first step of mankind, it was first step of men only. This is 2019 and we are still writing about 'first women on moon' here we have already created difference.So,It is obvious that it Will create huge difference on earth for the development of women species new brains and dreamers will be there in future it will be a kind of jerk for the observer like us .But it will be definitely as important as first our mission on the moon or any other mission, not more not less.Cause Every flight is projected with some basic motives and whether it is men or women that motive will be satisfy.and in terms of one beginning women will be definitely considered efficient like men for the space technology and space exploration.When mankind step out of the gravity to explore the universe then the first unmanned flight , iss, huble and Mars mission everything was opening some windows of new curiosity and one need of technology . moon landing was one of the first doors which open up the gates of human brain. so,the first women on moon will definitely open up some new gates of human brain but with that it is going to change the prospective of common people common girl who dare to dream.

Alisha Allen in USA

My name is Alisha Allen and I believe the first woman on the moon is so important as it shows women that we really CAN accomplish any dream we have and that we truly can reach for the sky.

When my mother was a child, she was taught to grow up and marry a guy "just like daddy." As I was growing up, my mother used to tell me "Forget about marrying a guy like daddy. Now, YOU can grow up and BE just like daddy". Now that I have two daughters of my own, I tell them "You can grow up and be BETTER than daddy!" I think the progress has been significant, however I would rather demonstrate my intentions to them by putting my money where my mouth is, so to speak, with my own accomplishments. I feel that becoming one of the first women on the moon, I would truly be "practicing what I preach".

I would be the ideal candidate as I am a firm believer in what Peter H Diamandis says: "Find a problem in the world and solve it". One problem astronauts have is microgravitational bone loss. I am working on a prototype, involving water trampolines that would potentially help to alleviate that side-effect of space travel. I am also working on opening up a hydroponics business (which I believe to be the agriculture method of the future). I would also like to add that I am in the process of learning both Chinese and Russian.

All my life, I've looked up to Neil Armstrong and have said "To be the first woman on the moon would be more of an honor than to even be a queen". I know that I have what it takes to be as big of a role model for women as he has been for men for the last 50 years, and that is why I should be one of the first women to step foot on the moon. Looking back, I feel I have already accomplished enough to consider myself "extraordinary", but given this chance, that status will be forever cemented in the minds of many, many more! Let me prove that.

Second Contribution / Revised Essay

I often felt very lonely as a child, as so many of us often do. But then I would look outside my window at the night sky and think to myself, "I am not alone as there is the moon and all of the uncountable stars in the galaxy, so I am never truly alone!" I have carried that line of thinking my entire life and that has gotten me through some truly stressful times.

I have also spent much of my life, looking up to Sally Ride for being the first American woman in space. Now, I no longer want to look up to Sally Ride, I want to be like Sally Ride and be the first woman to land on the moon! Accomplishing that and being an inspiration for other women in the same way she has been to me, and reminding other lonely little girls, all over across the globe that we truly are never alone.

Archana Dash in India

July 20th 1969 - A feat in human history. The first footprint of humankind on a place outside of home. Home, that magnificent crescent of the 'pale blue dot'. A quest that has united all of humankind.
The insatiable driving force of curiosity has made us rise above the insignificant differences that we have created amongst us. Space has unified us more than any other venture ever did. This glorious harmony as a species is celebrated everytime we go beyond where we have already been.
Talking about differences there is one that is not created by us but has long held many dreams from flying high. All those sparkly eyes gazing up at the night sky, wondering if they belong there because of having XX chromosomes and all the apparent 'limitations' they come with; will be shown by the first woman landing on moon that they do. That landing on moon is going to break every shallow but not fragile mental barriers that has been handed down for generations. It will inspire dreamers, with a thirst for knowledge and a fiery courage to 'go beyond the stars' as they say. Who would willingly pass on such an honorable opportunity?

Carole Dangoisse in United Kingdom

 The first woman on the moon will make one giant stride for womankind, and an exceptional leap for humankind. She will represent humanity in its path forward, the beginning of a new era. She will be the embodiment of the world's vision, of the thousands of people who will have contributed to her accomplishment, of the millions who will be wishing her forward and living her travels through her eyes and words. Rather than a race to be first, her mission will be a collaboration of nations. She will mark the first steps towards sustained human exploration of our solar system and beyond. Her's and her colleague's venture will re-invigorate the space sector, both developing technologies to explore other worlds but also secure a better future for our ailing but ever so precious earth. As she takes her first steps on the moon, humanity will be looking to the skies, sharing the dream of a more equitable and inclusive future.

Vaishnavi Agale in USA

Already 12 people have landed on moon and there is no even a single woman amongst them. Its very shameful for me as a woman. I wonder where it went wrong as I belive we all have that capability to achieve all what we want in life. Hence I want to be the first woman to step on moon so that, I hope this act will encourage all women out there to develop that urge to dream and keep no boundries for them and achieve whatever they belive in becoming. I would be greatful even if a single woman, girl gets inspired and thinks of astronomy, astrophysics as a career. I personally am inspired by the legend ' kalpana chawla, a middle class girl like me who dreamt of being an astraunut and achieved it successfully by giving millions of indians wings to fly towards their dreams like her. Now, I want to be wings of millions of women like me. That will be a tribute to women like kalpana chawla who died while living their dream and encouraged many to dream for it.

Sai Sravya Velupula in USA

It was a starry night, her mom is telling her a bedtime story by pointing at the moon through the window. She used to tell everybody that one day "I will be an astronaut and fly to the moon". She dreamed about space looking up at the fluorescent neon green stars and galaxies in her bedroom. However for many women, the image of the moon and the aerospace dream slowly begins to fade in her life - listening to the Rocket Man song, impressing her friends by moon-walking, taking pride when her beauty is compared to the Moon and Venus. She wonders if she has what it takes to defy gravity and rise above social stereotypes, periods, pregnancy and body weight issues. When the first time a women walks on the moon, it will rekindle the fire for space exploration and imagination in girls who make up half of the world's population. With courage and hard work, she can not only break the glass ceiling but she can also walk on the moon. If I were the First Woman on the Moon, my words would be "Now the universe is one step closer to interstellar travel and making life multi-planetary."

Vaibhav Agale in India

'There were about 12 men who landed on moon in duration of 1969 to 1972 in consecutive 6 Apollo missions as says not a single woman was selected or I don't ever know whether was considered for those missions even though Valentina Tereshkova became first woman to be in space in 1963. Don't they were brave enough, had less will power, or weren't smart enough? Only Time knows.
Today NASA and Spacex started planning for colonial stations at both moon and mars. Boing recently tested a space capsule. We have the most powerful rockets to carry tons of load but somewhere in history, Woman haven't touched moon surface yet. A painful thing for me.

I think when a girl or a young lady wants to be a first woman on moon, more importantly she should think of so to prove the capability of woman rather than to be the first. The society cannot run without a woman. She should prove her strength, determination and will power to withstand besides a man so strongly, that he may never think of underestimating her, rather than consider her as positive parts of a team. Our Education system and society should up bring her as a great contributor to the future and soon to be the first woman moon-lander.

Hope this happens sooner. Looking forward to motivate more sisters and my little girls in my country and wish some woman go in there even more sooner.'

Maria Monou in Cyprus

The First Women on the Moon is significant step to inspire our young girls that "but only boys can do that" is a myth. To inspire girls to reach out to embrace the challenge that their passion entails, because they can, because they deserve to succeed, not due to their gender, but because they worked exceptionally hard to get there. Surrounded by a society that provides endless aisles of pink dolls for girls and vibrant adventurous rockets for boys, girls need this push and they need the confidence to stand against the "but you're a girl!" that society repeatedly reminds us about.
My passion in Physics begun as a teenager. Experiencing the gender inequality gap, my passion diverted to teaching Physics and encouraging my female students to look past the stereotypes and just be what they want to be. It's been a tough journey, but I have a handful of success stories that keep driving me forward. I would be truly honoured to be one of the First Women on the Moon, to show to all the young girls I've taught over the past 10 years that I can and I did it; you can do it too!

Annika Rollock in USA

Human space exploration is defined by generations: Apollo, the Space Shuttle, the International Space Station. These feats inspire entire generations of young engineers and scientists who will go on to innovate, to explore, and push the boundaries of human knowledge. But as with any career path, representation matters. For those inspired by the Apollo program, the homogeneity of the astronaut core was disheartening; it was all men, all caucasian, and mostly from military backgrounds. NASA did not hire its first class of female astronauts until 1978, and Sally Ride did not fly in space until five years later.
I want to be among the first women on the Moon because I want to inspire the Artemis generation. Growing up, I was the only child of a single working mother and raised partially by my grandmother. I had no shortage of strong women role models. However, as my interest in STEM grew, and particularly aerospace, I began to notice the severe lack of representation. I want to make sure that when young girls watch footage of astronauts on the moon, when they think of STEM, they can see themselves. They will know that the sky is not the limit for anyone.

Kaelan Oldani in USA

Ever since my aunt pointed out planets in the night sky, my passion has been set on space exploration. I want to be one of the First Women on the Moon to gain a new perspective of Earth and help humanity better understand our universe. In every aspect of my life, I think about how I will further my goals of becoming an astronaut and helping others achieve their dreams. By studying aerospace engineering, I am working towards my dream of exploring space. By helping to nationalize the Women of Aeronautics and Astronautics in the United States, I am helping inspire others to pursue educations and careers related to space.

It is necessary for us to not only send the first group of women to the moon, but to send astronauts of diverse backgrounds to space, the moon, and beyond. Diversity of gender, identity, and background are advantageous for our growing world. Sending women to the moon will create paths to encourage and inspire young girls to pursue their dreams regardless of societal barriers. Becoming one of the First Women on the Moon would help me to break barriers by achieving my own dream and encouraging others to pursue theirs.

Katerina Christina Liakopoulou in Greece

For most of recorded human history, women have been excluded from participating in groundbreaking achievements. We have been pushed back, our knowledge, expertise and creativity wanted, our womanhood not. In reclaiming our seats, alongside the male explorers and working towards equality for all genders, one small step still needs to be taken.

Most children look up at the moon and imagine themselves travelling there, holding the stars in their palms, unraveling the mysteries of the cosmos. For some, the childlike fascination has stepped into adulthood.

I recently submitted my thesis on Space Architecture. While researching, the names of the women that helped make the moon landings and orbital habitats possible were largely absent. Yet, there were many of them, namely Galina Balashova, a fellow architect who designed the Russian Space Stations who like me, longed for a life upon the stars. Should my dream of reaching the Moon ever be realized, it will be for all those that came before me and were unfairly denied the opportunity, and for all those that will come after.

As S. Mass writes, "To the people who look at the stars and wish. To the stars who listen and the dreams that are answered."

Agata Maria Kolodziejczyk in Poland

Moon speaks by sunlight,
its body language - sensual gravity touch, attracts all life on Earth in a circular monthly dance.
Romantic guardian of secrets,
mysterious power of silence...

Woman synchronises with lunar cycles.
She feels the Moon.
Her language - sparkling creativity.
Her habitat - real home filled with mother love Infinite power of sacrifice...

Hina Bando in Japan

Few days ago, I joined Moon Village Association in Kyoto. The plan to go to the moon is definitely going on, as real. That day, when I left the venue and looked up at the sky, there was a moon the slightly missing from full moon. "Get on a rocket and go to that place..." Looking at the moon as a destination rather than just a celestial object, I was filled with excitement. If you stand on the moon and look at the earth from there, what will you think? Imagine it. You might think about your existence. Then I think, "I 'm an Earthling!". I wouldn't think "I'm a woman". As we get out of the earth, all of us is people who born and raised on the same earth. We will realize it only when we land on another earth that is not the earth. By the first woman on the moon, this will be spread all around the world. And I want to achieve it.

Sucheshnadevi Patil

Today we dreamers are flying from Possibilities to realities. As first woman, I carry humanity along with me no matter which country, language or ethnicity they are from, I know they are human and that's enough for me! We shall inculcate humanity within us, we can fly together miles along on moon or earth or universe. We should be bounded together as humans and learn why we all have mind, soul, body and consciousness working together in unity. It's the key for us to progress as a species. A woman is a godly gift to humanity as she has the power for giving birth to several generations, she is a mother! Nothing can be greater than mother. I as woman on moon aspire to install humanity, develop a new civilization without separation of countries, races, colors, features. We all have the eternal almighty consciousness and we are all equal.
"It's space darkness in thou heart
Keep me moon before I tear apart
One Conscious being they say
But all together thou can win the sky"

Catherine Condie Culveri in USA

The gravitas of women going to the moon is to
lift women up all over the world, as if they are weightless.

Like the Moon reflecting back the light of the sun,
the twelve women who would go to moon,
will reflect back to the world that women are capable, even if barren.

We have intrinsic value, like the minerals on the moon.

Like the Moon protecting earth,
women will build, launch, and position additional technology on the moon to enhance the protection of earth's people.

Like the Moon supporting a healing environment,
women will formulate & bring restorative cures from the wings of heaven to earth.

Like the Moon providing the tides for life,
women will deliver life to girls and women everywhere in the
form of education, business and resources.

Like the Moon being an integral part of the earth,
I have a vision and a connected understanding of
space technology, moon environments and earthly life that
I offer as one of the First Women on the Moon to
give for the benefit of humanity.

Emily Kate Bulkowski in USA

I have known since the age of eight, when I first heard of the Mars Rover, that I would one day build and man spacecraft for human exploration of the Moon and further. I dreamed of traveling across the universe, living in a space habitat on the Moon, and discovering life on other planets as I played around my house. But as I snuck onto my mom's computer to watch the Moon landings, none of the astronauts looked like me. None of them were women and therefore were my dreams not meant for someone like me?

I knew in my heart, that although their team did not include women, that mine one day would. Acquiring this honor of being one of the First Women on the Moon, would enable me to create a platform that could inspire millions of young girls to follow in my footsteps and create new ones of their own. I'd advocate that although someone successful may not look like them, they are still capable of achieving their dreams. The significance of this milestone of Woman landing on the Moon would drive girls to pursue not only STEM, but take 'giant leaps for womankind'.

Cintia Kozonoi Vezzani in USA

It is a typical gesture to turn one's gaze towards the sky and ask the shining stars to make our wishes come true. When I was young, I would always turn my gaze towards the moon instead and consider her not only a witness to my dreams and wishes, but an everlasting dear friend who shared my secrets, fears, and desires -- who was present (even if often invisible during the day) at my happiest moments. Among my conversations with the moon, I have always envisioned the day when I would get to see her close-up, as friends who haven't seen each other in a long time, but who have always been acquainted. From the moon, I would practice changing my references and perspective - seeing the earth from far away. Indeed, perspective is a key word when reflecting on the contributions of a woman on the moon: the feminine gaze she would cast, the thoughtfulness, and her sense of relations between different (cosmic) bodies would be beneficial for humanity's history. I would contribute to this mission coming from a humanities background by proposing to write the first novel on the moon, about the moon and its dance with the earth. It would be a tale about making dreams come true.