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Why Did Blue Origin Leave So Many Female Space Reporters Out of Its Big Reveal?

Happy International Women’s Day!

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On Tuesday, private spaceflight venture Blue Origin invited a select group of space reporters to the company’s headquarters in Kent, Washington. It was the first time the normally secretive company — helmed by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos — opened its doors to journalists. About 10 or 11 reporters walked the floor of the facility with Bezos himself, getting exclusive access to Blue Origin’s rocket-building operations and information about the company’s future, according to today’s reports. Nearly all of those reporters were men.

Tuesday was also International Women’s Day. I celebrated by being left out of an important aerospace reporting event I should have been covering. And I wasn’t the only female space journalist who was excluded, either.

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