Sorry Richard, you blew it
"After a postponement due to suit sizes, which said more about the parlous state of NASA's spacewalking gear than the astronauts themselves."
Sorry, it was EVERYTHING about the astronauts themselves. One of them decided WHEN IN SPACE ALREADY that she preferred the fit of a different size suit than the one she had chosen on the ground. They only had one suit of that size, so they let her use that one instead of her own. That's NASA changing a mission to accommodate a woman's needs by the way, hardly gender insensitive. However, they only had one suit that size so no two-woman spacewalks on that mission.
Get your facts straight before implying a "parlous state".