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Obama’s Final Frontier For NASA Is Gender Equality

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The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) will host a summit on gender equality Wednesday, which was organized by the White House.

The space agency’s press release describes the summit as “a large-scale effort convened by the White House Council on Women and Girls to rally advocates of gender equality, highlight what has been achieved, identify remaining challenges, and chart a course for addressing them.” The summit will air on NASA’s television channel and be streamed live on the agency’s website for two hours.

Various female NASA and Obama administration officials will attend the event to help “others who are working at the community level to find out how they are empowering women and girls.” NASA’s press statement on the event encourages people to follow it on Twitter using the hashtag #StateofWomen.

Other federal agencies such as the Department of Labor and the Department of State will participate in the summit. The summit’s website states that its explicit goal is to “rally all of us together to celebrate what we’ve achieved, and how we’re going to take action moving forward. Covering key gender equality issues, we’ll make a powerful difference in our collective future.” The summit will discuss feminist issues such as “equal pay and paid leave, as well as childcare and diversity.”

Obama has repeatedly tried to slash space exploration funding and redirect money towards outreach programs such as the feminist programs — which just so happen to include climate modeling programs to measure global warming. Obama has increased NASA’s budget for outreach and environmental science programs by 63 percent.

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