There is an ongoing discussion about the participation of women in science and particularly astronomy. Demographic data from NASA's robotic planetary spacecraft missions show women scientists to be consistently under-represented.
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Rathbun, J. Participation of women in spacecraft science teams. Nat Astron 1, 0148 (2017). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41550-017-0148
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