The pictures from NASA look great: Four women and four men make up the agency's latest astronaut class. Unfortunately, this gender parity remains elusive in most science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) workplaces. Women make up nearly 50% of the wider workforce yet hold fewer than 25% of all jobs in STEM fields.
But it's not just a question of parity. Perhaps Nobel Prize-winning scientist Carol Greider put it best when she said, "It's very important to have more voices at the table, not just out of fairness for certain people but because, really, the future depends on being able to bring as much brain power to as many issues as we can."