Leading Ladies:

Women in Flight & The Space Age

I’d like to introduce my newest project! Leading Ladies is an ongoing project intended to  commemorate the plethora of amazing women of the past and present.

Every Leading Lady paper doll template is available in a PDF download to assemble at home. 

Imagine the possibilities that await! Print these over and over. Share them, and pass them around. Make them or gift them. You choose! Please make sure that you learn about these women and all that they have accomplished! NASA & SPACEX, Astronauts, Cosmonauts, Taikonauts, Spationauts, and Space Travelers all have one thing in common. Their goal is the advancement of the human race through scientific discoveries found in space.

Keep an eye on the site, as I will be adding batches of new designs! Don’t miss a chance to download an inspiring SHERO! Cheers to these Leading Ladies! May we be them! May we raise them! May we aim for the stars with them!

I loved playing with paper dolls as a kid. They travel easily and provide a fun craft with an engaging activity allowing imaginative play to fill hours of time with adventures! My hope is that these incredible women will inspire generations of future Leading Ladies. The sky is no longer the limit!

Leading Lady NASA Astronaut Dr. Judith Resnik

  • Download the PDF file containing the Leading Lady Paper Doll Pattern of your choice. Included in your PDF packet you will receive directions on how to make your Leading Lady as well as included additional free material and hyperlinks for you to learn more about why she is an inspiring individual and a Leading Lady! 

    All Leading Lady Paper Doll Patterns are hand drawn by Artist Jen Haefeli.


  • Dr. Judith Arlene Resnik was a talented Scientist, Engineer, and NASA Astronaut. Dr. Resnik became the second American woman to travel to Space following Dr. Sally Ride. She was the fourth woman in the world to do so. She specilized in Design and Engineering of the Orbiter, the RAM, Remote Manipulator System, as well as NASA's rocket and telemetry programs. 

    During Dr. Resnik's maiden voyage into Space on Discovery, she became known as an "Icebuster" when she and the Crew successfully removed ice particles from the shuttle's Orbiter which formed during the mission. She helped deploy satellites, conduct experiments, and operate IMAX equipment. She orbited the earth 96 times and spent 144 hours and 57 minutes in space!

    Dr. Resnik was lost aboard The Challenger 1 minute and 13 seconds after liftoff on January 28, 1986. Please learn about the amazing accomplishments and contributions Leading Lady Dr. Judith Resnik brought to NASA, Space travel and Science during her lifetime. Many Scientists travel into Space in memory of Dr. Resnik and her fallen colleagues. We thank her for her determination, courage, and commitment to seeking the answers that orbit in the sky above us.

    We honor and thank you, Dr. Resnik!