In the past decade, the space tech industry made some efforts to improve diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI). In 2021, women accounted for 20% of the international space industry. Not very impressive, but several global campaigns are working to improve women’s representation in the industry.
The United Nation’s Space4Women project and the U.S.-based Women in Aerospace project are working to ensure women get more access and participation in the industry. These platforms empower women and engage governments and tech companies to support the professional development of women in the space industry.
Another diversity issue in space technology is the underrepresentation of African Americans. To address the issue, the Zed Factor Fellowship launched an initiative to engage students from minority backgrounds in paid internships and mentorship opportunities. The Fellowship wants to empower individuals who might otherwise struggle to find role models from their own backgrounds.
Another advocate of space tech DEI is the European Space Agency. It promotes the use of space technology to improve workplace diversity. In particular, it supports MeVitae’s blind recruiting solution. According to co-founder and chief executive Riham Satti, their clients reported a more than 30% increase in gender and ethnic diversity from using the MeVitae method.