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NASA's female-spacewalk failure illustrates far-reaching problem

NASA's female-spacewalk failure illustrates far-reaching problem

History was supposed to be made at the end of Women’s History Month: America was to conduct its first all-female astronaut spacewalk. For women and young girls everywhere who dream of a career in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), this spacewalk was meant to be a milestone. However, the celebration will have to wait.

Why? NASA didn’t have enough spacesuits in women’s sizes.

This failed mission drives home the fact that without the right tools and opportunities, you can’t leave the ground, let alone reach the moon. How many of our young women — especially those who are economically disadvantaged — are precariously close to being cut out of the STEM economy...

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