Legislators Promote Women In Aviation

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Bipartisan bills introduced in the House and Senate this week aim to promote aviation education and careers for women and girls. Senators Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., and Susan Collins, R-Maine, sponsored a bill that would promote expanding the role of women in the aviation workforce. The bill would direct the FAA to create a Women in Aviation Advisory Board, and to submit a report to Congress on the status of women in aviation today and how opportunities for them could be expanded. Also, in the House, Rep. Elizabeth Esty, D-Conn., and Rep. Steve Knight, R-Calif., introduced the Women in Aerospace Education Act.

The act aims to support programs that would engage girls at a young age and encourage them to enter fields that have historically had few women participating. It also would encourage universities to incorporate aerospace engineering experiences at the National Laboratories and NASA into their teacher-training curriculum, and would direct NASA to strengthen the promotion of NASA internship and fellowship programs toward women. This wouldn’t affect the selection process for these programs, but would focus on the marketing and recruiting strategies, to encourage more women to apply.

"For many years, the aerospace industry has been predominantly male, despite the fact that women have equally excelled in the STEM fields of study,” said Rep. Knight. "By actively engaging this half of the workforce to enter the industry, this bill will help ensure the lasting dominance of American air and space innovation." The Act was passed by the House on Tuesday, by a vote of 409-17.

Comments (5)

Why waste our hard-earned tax money for sexist advertising?
Aviation is not that attractive a field for even MEN these days considering how much time is invested up front and how volatile the jobs actually are.

Is Hawker Beechcraft hiring? Is doing 1,500 hours just so you can get paid less than minimum wage to be a co-pilot your best job opportunity? Even if you make it to be a commercial pilot, are you prepared to lose it all if you have even a slight physical issue?

Sorry, but these Senators are wanting to spend our money to promote something that might actually hurt women by telling them to go into serious debt to enter a field that is in decline.

Posted by: Mark Fraser | December 21, 2017 6:36 PM    Report this comment

See previous comment if there's any doubt such a bill is necessary.

Posted by: Craig Spirko | December 22, 2017 8:26 AM    Report this comment

See previous comment if there's any doubt such a bill is pure emotional, not rational.

Posted by: Mark Fraser | December 22, 2017 7:19 PM    Report this comment

It truly is extraordinary what people will post on the internet.

At least these posts have a name, probably not actually your real one, but better than nothing.

I am sad for you. If you were more intelligent you would also be ashamed of yourself Mark.

If you are planning on replying "I'd say this right to your face", please don't. It's just depressing.

Posted by: Doug Auclair | December 23, 2017 2:58 PM    Report this comment

We ALREADY HAVE real perks and real programs and real set-asides and real scholarships for more women in aviation to do this. I'd say this right to your face "prove to me that preferentially hiring XX chromosome people will be key to air and space innovation". I'm completely unbiased and want the best PERSON in that field. If the goal is to have dominance, hire the best PEOPLE regardless of their sex.

Posted by: Mark Fraser | December 23, 2017 3:30 PM    Report this comment

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