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SkyMan1958
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posted 01-29-2014 07:02 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SkyMan1958   Click Here to Email SkyMan1958     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I was just browsing through Wikipedia's list of crew members of the assorted International Space Station expeditions. I'm just wondering why there are currently no ISS flown Russian women after over 13 years of the ISS being inhabited?

Here we are on Expedition 38 and still zero Russian women have flown to the ISS. I see that there is one, Yelena Serova, scheduled to fly on Expedition 41/42.

For a country that has half the warm bodies on the station, that is a pretty miserable statistic.

Jim Behling
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posted 01-29-2014 07:17 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jim Behling   Click Here to Email Jim Behling     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
There are few women in the Russian cosmonaut corp. Russian culture is a few decades behind western when it comes women in the work place

Cozmosis22
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posted 01-29-2014 07:45 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Cozmosis22     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
"Miserable statistic"? Why?

Back in the olden days they sent up women and cosmonauts from "friendly" nations purely for propaganda purposes. There is no value in that now and they have no pretense of political correctness nor affirmative action over in Russia.

SkyMan1958
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posted 01-29-2014 07:49 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SkyMan1958   Click Here to Email SkyMan1958     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by Cozmosis22:
"Miserable statistic"? Why?....

Because, given that roughly half the people on the planet are women, roughly half of the smart, capable people on the planet are women.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 01-29-2014 08:01 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Over the years, Russia's political and space leaders have made no secret of their misinformed opinion that women have no place in spaceflight. They have made comments at press conferences suggesting that female cosmonauts would distract their male crew members and cause conflict among them.

Yelena Dobrokvashina, who was selected to train as a cosmonaut in 1980 but never flew in space, attributed to the situation to sexism during a panel convened for the 50th anniversary of women in space last year (as reported by RIA Novosti).

Although they always said that everyone was equal — men and women — it's no secret that we live in a man's world. There was an opinion that men were scared that if women were to go into space... [the men's] aura of heroism would be lost.

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