San Francisco State University professor Jan Millsapps has made a documentary called "Madame Mars" about women hoping to travel to the red planet.


'Madame Mars' Documentary Shows 'Space' Is Tight For Women In Science And Tech

Jeff Bell
July 13, 2018 - 11:08 pm

Jan Millsapps dreamed of one day traveling to Mars as an astronaut. She got as far as the Mars One training program run by a private Dutch company in 2014, before her interplanetary hopes became grounded. 

These days, her mission is here on Earth. The San Francisco State University cinema professors hopes to get more girls and young women to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math. 

Forget a space ship. The vehicle that she hopes propels her to success is a documentary that she's made called "Madame Mars." The film explores female astronauts and women in the space industry who hope to one day journey to the red planet. She recently screened it in Vienna at a United Nations event.

"I never got any real encouragement or direction in terms of moving towards the science and technology fields," said Millsapps. "I decided if i wasn't going to go to Mars, I wanted to make sure the first person who stepped on Mars was a woman."

For more about Millsapps, listen to KCBS Radio anchor Jeff Bell's 2-part story on her documentary.