On Saturday, Sept. 23, the aviation community celebrates Girls in Aviation Day, dedicated to all the future female leaders in the airline industry. Women are vital to the continued success of aviation, and thanks to support from our member airlines, girls around the globe will have the chance to explore their dreams and connect with female role models and peers who share their same passion for aviation.
Since the early 1900s, female pioneers like self-taught inventor E. Lillian Todd and pilots like Amelia Earhart and Helen Riche, have been pioneers for generations of girls who dream of a career in the sky.
But even more than 100 years after the invention of flight, women are still underrepresented in the aviation community. Today, women make up only 6.33 percent of the commercial pilot workforce and even less as airline mechanics, flight engineers and dispatchers. But as increasingly more women become leaders in our global workforce, the time has never been better to encourage the next generation of girls to reach for their dreams at 35,000 feet.
In partnership with Women in Aviation International (WAI), Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, FedEx, Hawaiian Airlines, JetBlue Airways, Southwest Airlines, United Airlines and UPS are committed to the success of this year’s events and WAI chapters around the country by serving as sponsors and corporate members of WAI. Our members recognize the need for a diverse and dynamic workforce and the value of encouraging a young girl’s dreams to take flight.
To find and participate in a WAI Girls in Aviation Day event near you, visit https://www.wai.org/giad.