With shifting attitudes about what women can or cannot do, be or cannot be, have you ever stopped to wonder how many are in the aviation industry? Women of Aviation Worldwide Week (WOAW), observed March 4-10, was established in 2010 to commemorate the anniversary of the first pilot’s license issued to a woman, Raymonde de Laroche, in 1910. Today, about 7% of pilots and only 2.39% of aviation maintenance technicians are women.*
Raymond de Laroche was the first to earn a license, but as early as the 1780s, when Marie Élisabeth Thible was documented as the first woman to help fly an untethered hot air balloon, women have taken to aviation and the magic of flight. Since then, women have steered remarkable advancements in aviation, but there is always room for more.**
Though aviation is still predominately a man’s world, its not necessarily something to feel discouraged by. WOAW week was established to celebrate women in the industry, and there are a number of professional associations and scholarships available to those who are interested in the field.
What’s most important, no matter who you are, is passion. If you have the drive to succeed in the fast-paced, ever-essential aviation industry, opportunity awaits.
NAA makes a huge difference for anyone considering a career as an aircraft mechanic. It was a memorable experience to this day. It’s a great decision for anyone willing to work hard.