Diversity At NASA: A Work In Progress

At NASA, 2019 was the year of the woman, yet women still are a big minority at the space agency, Washington Post

"But debate still surrounds it. In October, a chat board for members of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) hosted a spirited discussion of the term, with some arguing that "manned" refers to all humans and, as one put it, "the word itself has nothing to do with gender." Lori Garver, a former NASA deputy administrator, wrote on the message board that "if we want to encourage women or non-conforming genders to be a part of our next grand adventure, it would serve us well to remove 'manned' from our lexicon." AIAA Executive Director Dan Dumbacher responded on the board that the institute "prefers to use 'crewed' or 'human' rather than 'manned' when referring to space travel in our publications and on AIAA.org. Increasing the diversity of the aerospace community and the future workforce has been -- and continues to be -- a mission priority for AIAA." The debate became so heated that ultimately the organization decided to shut down the discussion board, asking members to write statements "with empathy and respect for your fellow members."

- AIAA Moves Toward Diversity And Inclusion - Old Mindsets Persist, earlier post
- AIAA Responds To Diversity Concerns, earlier post
- AIAA Shuns Gender Diversity In Scholarship Selections, earlier post

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