"NASA says first human on Mars likely to be a woman?"
Yes, well job quotas and feminism became policy at NASA under the Obama Administration. Look here:
"Obama Affirmative Action: Half of All New Astronauts Are Women"
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What does this mean? Well ... we know we will get the --best women--, but other nations that use merit rather than ideology to hire the actual --best people-- will probably beat us to Mars, while we are still trying to get our political correctness and "diversity" quotas all in order and showcase that as "progress" instead of actual technical ability.
NASA now goes on the list of former institutions I used to respect, that have now gone the way of identity politics over substance. Too bad.
When equal outcomes become the measure of gender equality, then we know that merit is out the window. Imagine, all the astronauts by the function of their ages, have all been raised as gender-equals for their entire lives. Yet NASA policy now sees it fit to force the outcome by gender rather than allow equals to compete equally. Enforcing sexist policy is exactly what affirmative action is. If we just let merit choose, then that would be genderless. Instead, identity politics dictates both affirmative action and feminism.