Anyone who’s read my books from the Chicago Review Press Women in Action series knows I have a thing about women flying, whether it’s in airplanes or space ships. And space is awesome no matter who it is. One of the most unfortunate decisions NASA made was not following through with the Mercury 13 (see Women in Space if you’re not familiar with this story or search “Mercury 13”).
In fact, the only thing more exciting than space is diversity in space. Thankfully, NASA seems to be on the right track. The NASA Policy Statement on Diversity and Inclusion states “Diversity and Inclusion are integral to mission success at NASA.”
Here are a few recent events that support this statement.
- The most recent astronaut class chosen by NASA was evenly divided between women and men.
- On June 15 at NASA in Washington, D.C., NASA joined the White House at the United State of Women Summit to discuss pathways for women and girls into STEM programs and careers.
- When the 2016 ESSENCE Festival starts in New Orleans this week, NASA will kick it off with a wide range of activities, including talks about African American Pioneers in Space.