The Province of all Humankind: A Feminist Analysis of Space Law

This chapter argues that greater diversity is needed in the space sector, and this will only be achieved when women feel they are truly part of the structures and institutions that govern space. International space law today contains many powerful remnants of the Cold War era, including gender-specific language in the OST which states that space shall be "the province of all mankind."

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This edited book seeks to normalise the role of women as experts in the space sector, by not calling attention to the fact that all the authors are women – they are all experts in their respective fields who just happen to be women.  Bringing together these contributions in this book in turn promotes the inclusion of diversity in the space sector.  This edited collection is an opportunity to influence the development of the space industry – in terms of gender diversity, and diversity of disciplines and thinking – while it is in its formative stage, rather than trying to redress imbalances once they are entrenched in the industry.


The Province of all Humankind: A Feminist Analysis of Space Law in: de Zwart, Melissa, Henderson, Stacey (Eds.) Commercial and Military Uses of Outer Space, Springer Singapore, 2021

ANU Gender Institute member author
Cassandra Steer





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Tuesday, 9 March 2021

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