There has been a very long and very rich history of women in the aerospace industry. From Amelia Earhart (1st female aviator to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean) to Peggy Whitson (1st woman Chief of NASA’s Astronaut Office) there are many woman to celebrate and many stories to tell.
While we want to give credit to those in the past, we are also very concerned with the future. The aerospace industry would not be where it is now, without the contributions of these brave and intelligent woman, and we want to be sure that the up and coming class of female aviators, and engineers will have the same opportunities and more!
STEM education is where this all begins. Making sure that our young woman are given the opportunity at a young age to be introduced and surrounded with classes and projects dealing with science, technology, engineering and math.
As reported in an article from Forbes, the U.S. Department of Commerce shows that though woman hold almost 50% of all jobs in the U.S. they hold less than 25% of STEM related jobs. They also state that there are not enough female role models in STEM professions.
Taking a quick look back at what woman have done in aerospace, it is apparent that there are woman out there that can act as role models. We all need to do our part in helping to close the gender gap, not only for our youth but for our industry! Are there are any STEM related programs for young woman that you would suggest for those looking? We would love to hear your thoughts.