Massive Recruitment Effort at WAI Girls in Aviation Day
Aviation career paths available now for women highlighted at worldwide events.
With women still only making up approximately seven percent of the total U.S. pilot population, Women in Aviation International’s (WAI) mission continues to be introducing interested girls age 8-17 to what is possible should they choose aviation and aerospace as a career path.
To present the industry to girls worldwide, WAI held their Girls in Aviation Day 2019 events on October 5, with approximately 20,000 attendees reached at 118 individual events in the U.S. and 17 other countries. At the events, girls met aviation role models, attended career panels and explored airplanes and airports. Fun, hands-on activities ranging from a sectional chart treasure hunt to making jewelry using A&P tools kept attendees entertained.
“Our primary goal is to introduce girls to all the career opportunities aviation and aerospace offer,” says WAI Outreach Director Molly Martin. “We go beyond piloting careers to include air traffic controllers, mechanics, engineers, technicians and designers. It’s difficult to describe the enthusiasm these girls show for aviation, many of whom have never touched or ridden in an aircraft. Girls in Aviation Day definitely changes lives—we’re sure of that.”