AirVenture Offers Programs For Girls And Women

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EAA is offering a special four-day program for high-school girls during AirVenture this summer, Aug. 1 to 4, in an effort to "engage, inspire, and educate young women to pursue their dreams in aviation and beyond." The program, called Women Soar You Soar, will introduce 100 girls to 35 women working in a variety of aviation and aerospace fields, from engineers to fighter pilots. The event is "filled with career exploration, discovery, inspiration, and fun," says EAA. Girls in grades 9 to 12 can apply. A fee of $75 covers dormitory lodging at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, meals, seminars, T-shirts, and AirVenture admission. Financial aid and scholarships are available, and EAA can pick up and drop off the girls at the Appleton airport.

Activities include a visit to the night airshow, a chance to fly EAA's simulator, small-group discussion sessions with mentors, hands-on airplane-building workshops, and more. This will be the eighth year of the program. Details can be found at the EAA website. Also at AirVenture, Women in Aviation International will expand its WomenVenture program, now in its sixth year. The program provides networking events for women in aviation as well as inspiration and information for women who want to learn more. Events include a breakfast on Friday, Aug. 2; a group photo at Phillips 66 Plaza at the center of the show; and a group lunch at Theater in the Woods with special guest speakers. More information is posted at the group's website. This year also marks the 25th year of WAI. AVweb's Mary Grady spoke with president and founder Peggy Chabrian about the group's activities and plans for the future; click here to listen to the podcast.