The Gender Part of the Equation
Peggy Whitson discusses how she felt qualified for NASA's astronaut program, despite being a woman.
- I never really thought too much about the fact that I was a female and applying to be an astronaut. I assumed that I would get in based on whether or not I was qualified to be an astronaut. Obviously, they look at hundreds of applicants, thousands, in fact, and it's surprising to me that I might get picked out of that bunch to even get an interview, let alone be selected as an astronaut. But I always assumed that gender wasn't part of the equation, and I don't know how much of that is really reality, but I was never worried about being a woman applying to be an astronaut.