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Women at NASA

December 2, 2009

NASA employs more women in the scientific and technical workforce today than during Apollo. You probably knew that. But did you know how many women are employed by NASA? I’ve seen presentations by NASA’s Office of Education not once but twice recently boasting of the statistics, and so I thought you might like to see them too.

  • In the 1970’s, NASA’s S&T workforce was 3% female. Today, it is 22%.
  • In the 1970’s, the population of Senior Executives at NASA (SES) was less than 1% female. Today, it’s 25%.

Not bad, NASA, not bad.

Now if only we could boost the percentage of female planetary science Co-Is above 10%. Or selected Participating Scientists above 12%.

I suppose we have some work to do.

Please join us on the WPS-mentoring email list if you’d like to talk about specific things you think would help more women break into the field, or help those of us already here become qualified Co-Is and Participating Scientists on NASA’s flight missions.

The data presented in this post were recorded at the Women in Astronomy and the U.S. Women’s Chamber of Commerce Spotlight on NASA events in November 2009.

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