A World Not Built for Women: Gender Bias in Medicine & Science: Background information when reading Eve

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How the Female Body Drove 200 Million Years of Human Evolution

by Cat Bohannon

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A World Not Built for Women: Gender Bias in Medicine & Science

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In March 2019, NASA was due to launch the first all-women spacewalk from the International Space Station. It was to be a milestone in space exploration. Astronauts Christina Koch and Anne McClain were to walk outside the ISS to replace lithium-ion batteries; Mary Lawrence and Kristen Facciol were to be lead flight director and lead spacewalk flight controller, respectively, from the Johnson Space Center in Houston.

However, the history-making spacewalk was canceled due to an oversight no one had bothered to consider: there was only one spacesuit available that was a suitable size and, more importantly, was safe for a woman to wear. McClain had discovered during an earlier spacewalk that a medium-sized hard upper torso (the "shirt" of the spacesuit) would fit her best and there was only one that could be made available at the time, which was to be given to Koch. The other 40-year-old spacesuits available were too large and designed for men. "Make another suit," Hillary Clinton ...

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