The flagship program of the group, Women Of Aviation Worldwide Week celebrated during the week of March 8, has enabled more than 5,000 girls and women to discover the joys of flight in small aircraft in 36 countries and on 4 continents while ensuring that outstanding Women Of Aviation, such as Raymonde de Laroche, the first woman to earn a pilot license worldwide, Harriet Quimby, the first woman to fly the English Channel in an airplane, and Hélène Dutrieu, the first woman to fly an aircraft with a passenger onboard and the first woman to pilot a seaplane, be recognized for their amazing contributions to aviation and to the advancement of women.
The initiative has doubled in size each year since 2010. A massive media campaign taking place during Women Of Aviation Worldwide Week and targeting the female population at large has attracted thousands of interested girls and women to airports.
11 to 13% of all students are females since the mid-1970s. However, the total number of women pilots today is virtually unchanged as compared to 1980, pointing to a far higher rate of failure among female candidates than among male candidates.
Since 1990, in urban areas of the Western world, working women less than 30 years old are earning higher wages than their male counterparts thanks to their higher college education success rate. Women represent an ever increasing economic force.
To continue to lead the innovation when it comes to reaching out to the female population and to begin to lead the necessary shift in the industry to better integrate women, the Women Of Aviation Worldwide grassroots group has formerly incorporated as independent, not-for-profit, global consortium of businesses and organizations on September 10, 2012 under the name of Institute for Women Of Aviation Worldwide (iWOAW) to reflect its enhanced mission.
While iWOAW will continue to grow its effective and innovative outreach initiative, it will also address the need for research and education to ensure the successful integration of women in the industry.
Because the lack of women in the industry is not a ‘women’ problem but instead an industry problem, iWOAW fosters communication between all interested parties, male and female, starting at its board of directors’ level, which features a balanced number of male and female directors.
iWOAW encourages all businesses and organizations seeking the integration of women for economic and innovation reasons to join the consortium and become an actor of the shift.
“While the air and space industry is a technological leader, it has fallen behind most other industries when it comes to social advancements. It is iWOAW‘s mission to lead the industry to not only catch up but also surpass other industries in that sector,” said Mireille Goyer, Founder of the Institute for Women Of Aviation Worldwide.
For more information about iWOAW’s mission and its many programs, please visit: www.iwoaw.org.