You have no idea about either the politics of space programs or sexism.
Sending things into space has an enormous impact on society. To the Soviet society (where everyone including women were "workers" as opposed to only paying and recognising half of society based on their "scientific difference") cosmonauts were an extremely important inspiration (especially for children, including girls).
It may be "irrelevant crap" to you, but in our gendered society and in the Soviet's slightly less gendered society, women leaders serve an irreplaceable role. Without "PC bullshit" you will never get the objective, non-gendered society you yearn for, but I'm not sure you've ever actually cared to try to understand gender issues.
(PS why do you assume that when a women gets hired it must be because of "Equal Opportunity" but after years of millions of men getting hired you assume every single one was qualified and not privileged?)
The story is not about a magical new source of infinite energy. It's about not having to build, integrate, connect and maintain an external power supply.
I'd rather it wait for me to give it my clothes
one hand "pours" food into the "third world", whilst the other destroys it through war, mining, slave labour, environmental destruction, debt and unfair trade.
you might want to be a little less ignorant and stop asking for gratitude.
It's not a problem you can just throw money at, it's a social problem.
"Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler." -- Albert Einstein