I'm trying to remember a favorite author of mine when I was a kid. She (definitely a she) wrote YA science fiction (not fantasy) with female heroes. I'm fairly certain one was about Mars. Classic hero story, one central character, overcoming odds and the like. There was a trilogy (on Mars or maybe Jupiter, there were definitely space stations...) and maybe one other book, but I don't think she was that prolific.
I hope someone can help. I know that's not much to go on. But maybe with the paucity of female sci fi authors from the time it won't be impossible!