The month of March is recognized as Women’s History Month, celebrating the accomplishments of women throughout history whose actions have inspired, motivated and changed the world. And just like every other industry, women have also made a huge impact in aviation throughout history and are vital to its continued success.
Sure, you can crack open a history book to read about the courageous women who fought for women’s rights over the years. But why just read about them when you can take a walk in these women’s shoes, and visit the places where they took a stand?
From self-taught inventor E. Lillian Todd to pilots like Amelia Earhart and Helen Richey, women have been pioneers in aviation and role models for generations of girls who dream of a career in the clouds.
— American Airlines (@AmericanAir) March 7, 2018
Years later, Beth rejoined the Southwest ranks. This time, as a Pilot.
— Southwest Airlines (@SouthwestAir) March 8, 2018
But even in 2018, there is still more work to be done to welcome women into aviation. Women make up only 6.33 percent of the commercial pilot workforce and even less as mechanics (2.34 percent), flight engineers (4.08 percent) and aircraft repair workers (5.29 percent). As we step forward into the next generation, there has never been a more vital time to encourage women to pursue their dreams in aviation.
#TBT – WomenVenture celebrated its 10th Anniversary last year at the 65th annual @EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh. For those that came before us & those trailblazing into the future of #aviation – we thank you! ✈️🌎📦💪🏼 #InternationalWomensDay pic.twitter.com/T7mO1kIkzA
— UPS Airlines (@UPSAirlines) March 8, 2018
U.S. airlines are helping make this a reality by ensuring that girls around the country have the tools they need to succeed in the industry. By partnering with female-focused aviation programs around the country and even sponsoring their own events for children interested in aviation and STEM, the U.S. airlines are committed to making a career in aviation accessible for people of all genders and backgrounds.
It’s what Washington/Dulles-based First Officer Sarah Micklo calls “that old stigma,” one that somehow continues to permeate corners of the aviation industry: the idea that women pilots aren’t as good as their male counterparts. “At least one or two people during my career have said women don’t belong in the cockpit,” recalled Sarah.
On this #InternationalWomensDay, we’re inspired by the women leaders we work with every day, including those willing to share career advice like Teleesa Mason. https://t.co/idu6uf7RMx pic.twitter.com/sq8tAnls4T
— FedEx (@FedEx) March 8, 2018
For more information and to learn about programs and events for women and girls in aviation, visit Women in Aviation International.