- NASA Watch
- November 30, 2022
Where Are All The Women In These New Space Companies?
Keith’s note: I just got this advertising email from Axiom Space titled “The Promise of Human Spaceflight for Investors” bragging about Axiom being featured in lots of high visibility magazines. The email is slick, with nice portraits of the Axiom team – the faces they apparently want investors, the public, and the news media to see. I am certain that everyone is highly skilled, etc. But as I scrolled down this very long email something struck me: its all 50-something males. After eight of their smiling faces scrolled by there was a single woman – at the bottom of the list. Eight males, one female. I guess this is the optics that Axiom Space wants to put forward for their vision of the future human spaceflight.
I asked Axiom about this. Amir Blackman replied “Other than the two founders, all team members are listed in alphabetical order. Gender is not a consideration in our hiring process. We are an equal opportunity employer and seek out team members based on their qualifications and experience.” Right. Like I said eight males, one female.
Here is a larger version of their email (I thought I’d give them some free PR).