Six months late, the First All-female Spacewalk is Completed!
It finally happened in October – American astronauts Christina Kock and Jessica Meir conducted the first all-female spacewalk. It was originally scheduled for March 29th (during Women’s History Month) and cancelled when it was discovered only one spacesuit proportioned for the women could be found. I posted the original announcement in my blog three weeks ahead of the event, and only discovered long afterwards that the walk had been postponed.
So for those who saw my first blog and thought it was a done deal, my apologies! For detailed coverage of the actual event on October 18th and the controversy about the lopsided ratio of women in space (only 32 percent or 12 of the 18 astronauts currently eligible to fly for NASA are women), you can read an article in the Houston Chronicle at https://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/space/article/NASA-s-first-all-female-spacewalk-has-officially-14543988.php
For more on the controversy over spacesuit- design bias against women, read https://www.theverge.com/2019/10/21/20920790/nasa-first-all-female-spacewalk-christina-koch-jessica-meir-spacesuit-design-bias
Oh my, gender bias is not only on earth!