Feminism: By Trudy Cooper
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Feminism: By Trudy Cooper

Lily Koppel's book comes to evening television bringing to life the vibrant feminist spirit of Trudy Cooper

Feminism: By Trudy Cooper

Trudy Cooper is by far the best Astronaut Wife. While each wife is awesome in her own way, there is something special about Trudy. "Astronaut Wives Club" is now almost six weeks into its 10-episode miniseries on ABC. If you haven't started watching this retro drama, then I suggest you do.

The show is based on a novel by Lily Koppel; it is a true story and the show has remained very true to the book. The seven women that the story follows are the wives of the Mercury 7, which were the first seven men selected to be a part of NASA's space program. They all moved to the same city together and became an unexpected support system during a time when they were the face of American heroism. This is their story.

Each of the wives has her own special niche. Trudy is the strong housewife that came back to her cheating husband Gordo, after filing for divorce, just so that he could go to space, because she believes in the mission and in Gordo's flying abilities. During that time period, it would have been very un-American to be divorced. Had Trudy not come back to Gordo, he would have been released from NASA's space program. They had to be American Hero's and NASA wanted everything to be picture perfect.

Here is why Trudy Cooper is the greatest feminist of her time.

1. She wears pants.

Pictured on the left in navy blue top and turquoise pants, sporting not heels but flats, we see Trudy. How fierce is she?! It's the 60's and she is not putting up with any of that dress nonsense. Pants are no longer only for boys and she makes a glamorous fashion statement about that.

2. She makes it clear that men are capable of laundry, too.

After a heated argument, she is not about to do Gordo's laundry for him. He has two hands, he might as well make himself useful after all.

3. She is a pilot.


It was taboo in the '60s for women to be pilots, or really do any job that was usually considered to be for men. Trudy doesn't care, though, and she could not be more proud of her flying skills.

4. She is the reason Gordo is a pilot in the first place.

She is not only an amazing woman pilot herself but she told her husband to go to flight school and pursue his dreams. She wanted him to have the chance to do all the amazing things she could. And it did get him pretty far.

5. She is determined to get to space.

She believes that women everywhere should and will have the same opportunity to go to space one day. She has been dreaming about it and she will not let the boys have all the spotlight.

7. She is excited for women everywhere.

It happened a month before her husband went into space and it was kind of a big deal. He orbited around the earth for 34 hours before having to make an unplanned manual landing. Well, she wasn't nearly as excited for that as she was the Russians who were in space for 2 days and 23 hours. She appreciates the leaps that women are making and doesn't care which country they are from.

8. She respects equality (the real Coopers pictured below).

At the end of the day, she wants Gordo to succeed. She may no longer respect Gordo as a husband but she recognizes his abilities and respects him as a pilot and the most qualified astronaut.

Feminism means men and women have equal rights, so even though Gordo messed up, she still believes that he deserves this opportunity because of his abilities

As a women well beyond her time, you cannot help but relate to and love Trudy Cooper. I cannot wait to see where she and Gordo go.

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