Girls In Aviation Day, October 13

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Image: WAI

Image: WAI

Girls in Aviation Day, now in its fourth year as a global event, is set for Saturday, Oct. 13, but events connected with the project have already begun, and will continue through the fall. Women in Aviation International organizes the program, and lists more than 50 events in the U.S., with more in Australia, France, India, Zambia and many other countries. The project aims to educate girls, ages 8 to 17, about the many career choices offered by the aviation/aerospace industry. Last year, about 9,700 girls participated worldwide, and that number is expected to grow this year.

“When I think of all the girls around the globe whose lives will be changed by attending Girls in Aviation Day, I could not be prouder of our members,” says WAI President Peggy Chabrian. “We help them with educational materials, copies of Aviation for Girls magazine and ideas, but they plan their own unique events, using local resources and role models, and countless hours of their own time.” Events include tours of hangars, control towers and museums; speakers representing a range of aviation careers; introductory flights; and more.

Comments (3)

What makes "girls" special? I'm seriously curious what the Projects aims are.

Posted by: Mark Fraser | September 13, 2018 7:11 AM    Report this comment

What makes "girls" special? Probably the fact that not enough "boys" are stepping up to fill the gaps; many are too involved with thumb-twiddle games. It's also tougher for anyone to 'lean on the fence', like I did a half century+ ago.

Posted by: Steve Hatfield | September 14, 2018 4:55 PM    Report this comment

So girls will be "targeted" and "used" to benefit an industry?
The industry can just continue low pay, long hours and not have to make changes?
I really don't see that as elevating women so mush as luring them in to fill jobs that smart people of all genders have decided not to invest their talents in these days.

Posted by: Mark Fraser | September 14, 2018 7:20 PM    Report this comment

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