Women in Aviation
7th Annual Women of Aviation Worldwide Week
More than 50,000 girls and women are expected to attend events on four continents during the seventh annual Women of Aviation Worldwide Week, March 6- 12.
They will meet women who chose a career in the aviation industry, learn about past women of aviation’s contributions, visit various work environments, and try some of the activities, including flying in small aircraft at some locations.
Women of Aviation Worldwide Week is an extension of the original Fly It Forward movement launched in 2010 to celebrate the centennial of the world’s first pilot female license earned by Raymonde de Laroche on March 8, 1910.
This week aims to not only celebrate women’s accomplishments, but also address the industry’s gender gap and overall lack of gender balance, according to organizers.
While 4,500 WiA members from 19 countries convened in Orlando, FL and 165 separate companies and organizations had booths in the group’s exhibition hall, a number of coincidental stories emerged about the participation of women as professionals in all forms of flying.
City of Faribault, MN Honors Elizabeth “Betty Wall” Strohfus
The Faribault, MN city council Tuesday night voted unanimously to rename its local airport “Faribault Municipal Airport – Liz Wall Strohfus Field” in honor of the city’s most famous aviator.
According to a report appearing on Faribault.com, the name change was proposed by the American Association of University Women in Faribault.
Strohfus was one of the pioneering women who helped the war effort during WWII by joining the Women’s Air Force Service Pilots (WASPs). She led the fight to get those women recognized as veterans.
AAUS representative Pat Rice told the council prior to the vote that Strohfus “would be the first WASP that had an airport named in their honor.”
Faribault Mayor Kevin Voracek said it was a “great way to honor her name in Faribault, and make sure her name lives on forever.”
The move was supported by the local aviation community. A dedication ceremony is planned for the spring after new signage including the new name of the airport is ready to be installed.
This is the second time she’s made aviation history.
Twenty years ago, Stephanie Johnson became the first black female pilot for Northwest Airlines.
And in 2016, Johnson made history again as Delta Air Lines’ first black female captain. Delta celebrated Johnson in February, but Women’s History Month is also a fitting time to recognize the aviation pioneer.
Johnson’s trailblazing path was decades in the making.
“For as long as I can remember, I have been fascinated with airplanes and would think, ‘What a great thing it would be to know how to fly,’’’ Johnson told Delta News Hub last month.
One of the first in her family to complete college, the Kent State University graduate was a flight instructor for her university’s aviation program.
Before scoring her historic position at Northwest, Johnson held a number of part-time gigs, including working at Blockbuster.
Now a seasoned pilot, Johnson wants to encourage young children to consider a career in aviation, and has worked with the Detroit Aviation Career Education Academy and served as director of the Cleveland ACE Academy.
“I feel a great sense of responsibility to be a positive role model,” Johnson said. “There are so few women in this profession and too many women who still don’t think of it as a career option. When I was hired by Northwest Airlines, there were 12 African-American women airline pilots in the country at the major airlines, and I knew all of their names.”
“Today is very different, and though there are still people to inform, I am so thankful that the word is out,” she continued. “One of the most rewarding parts of my career has been sharing my passion for aviation and exposing young people to the opportunities in the field.”
NEW DELHI — Air India said it has set a world record by flying around the world with an all-female crew.
Press Trust of India reported Sunday that the flight flew over the Pacific Ocean from New Delhi to San Francisco last Monday, and then flew back to New Delhi over the Atlantic on Friday.
Apart from the all-female cockpit and cabin crew, the other staff involved in the flight — including the check-in and other ground staff and the air traffic controllers — were all women.
According to the news report, Air India, the country’s state-owned carrier, has applied to Guinness World Records to be recognized for the feat.
The flight was part of celebrations for International Women’s Day, which falls on Wednesday.
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