Aviation for Women

MAY-JUN 2018

Aviation for Women is the flagship member publication of Women in Aviation International. Articles feature women who have made aviation history, professional development ideas, and current-topic articles.

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38 AviationforWomen M A Y / J U N E 2 0 1 8 Aviation-style International Women's Day R esearch reveals that Women's History Week grew out of a small-town school event in California and has been observed in the U.S. since 1978. It's a celebration marking women's contributions to history, cul- ture, and society. The idea sparked more commu- nities, school districts, and organizations across the country to get involved. In 1980, President Jimmy Carter issued the first presidential proclamation declaring the week of March 8 National Women's History Week. The U.S. Congress passed a resolution a year later establishing a national celebration. Fast forward six years later, the National Women's History Project successfully petitioned Congress to ex- pand the event to the entire month of March. InternaƟonal Women's Day A global celebration of the economic, political, and social achievements of women took place for the first time on March 8, 1911. Many countries mark the holiday with demonstrations, local customs, and special events hosted by a variety of organiza- tions. For example, the United Nations has spon- sored International Women's Day since 1975. The U.N. in its resolution cited, "To recognize the fact that securing peace and social progress and the full enjoyment of human rights and fundamental freedoms require the active participation, equality, and development of women; and to acknowledge the contribution of women to the strengthening of international peace and security." Here in our own aviation/aerospace corner of the world, we are emboldened by our worldwide recognition of the growing list of female con- tributions to every sector of the industry. More women are leading executive teams; joining cockpits in GA, business, commercial, and mil- itary aircraft; launching into space; maintain- ing aircraft fleets; developing engineering and manufacturing processes; and teaching the next generation of aviators. WAI held its first conference in 1990 to coin- cide with Women's History Month. Since then each annual gathering in March makes signifi- cant memories where thousands of attendees fo- cus on being together to connect, engage, and inspire girls, students, young professionals, and women of all ages. In this issue's Internation- al Focus column, we are pleased to gather just a sampling of some of the captured moments around the world on this special Internation- al Women's Day, March 8, 2018. If you'd like to share your company or organization's celebra- tion please post on social media and tag #WAI18 #WomeninAviation # IamWAI # International- WomensDay2018. Here's to next year's Interna- tional Women's Day! ✈ A global celebration of the economic, political, and social achievements of women took place for the first time on March 8, 1911. I N T E R N A T I O N A L F O C U S W O R L D W I D E E X C I T E M E N T

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