61,000 rally for Women Of Aviation Worldwide Week 2018 to press for progress

12,408 Girls of All Ages Take Flight for the First Time

Participation in the 8th annual Women Of Aviation Worldwide Week grew by more than 15% year-over-year reaching more than 61,000 in 2018.

The Institute for Women Of Aviation Worldwide (iWOAW) received post-WOAW event reports from 179 organizers in 33 countries and validated 12,408 Fly It Forward® flight reports – reports submitted by women and girls who went on their first flight experience on a small aircraft from March 5 to 11.

Launched to celebrate the Centennial of the world’s first female pilot license earned by Raymonde de Laroche on March 8, 1910, the Fly It Forward® initiative aims to close the startling occupational gender gap in the air and space industry. 108 years after women’s official debut in the industry, the most iconic occupation, airline pilot, remains overwhelmingly male-dominated. Globally, less than 3% of commercial pilots are women.

iWOAW’s annual surveys show that 70-75% of women and girls participating had not even considered aviation as an option despite the prominence of some female role models in popular culture. Following their exposure to the industry’s multiple facets under iWOAW’s outreach guidelines, around 60% of them are looking into a career or hobby in the industry.

As part of iWOAW’s global Challenge, aviation professionals and enthusiasts introduce as many women and girls as possible to the multiple facets of the industry, hands-on. Since its inception, the extensive and comprehensive awareness-building effort has given such personal experience to 256,000 girls of all ages.

Its effectiveness is driving more and more industry stakeholders to help change the face of aviation during the Week and make the fair inclusion of women in its most financially rewarding careers, a priority.

“Empowering women and girls to dream beyond societal bonds is our aim during the Week,” said Mireille Goyer, iWOAW’s President. “So is pressing for progress in the industry. A definite industry culture shift must take place to ensure sustainable gender balance improvement.”

Besides reaching out to the female population on a personal level in women-friendly communities thanks to local gender balance advocates, iWOAW coordinates awareness building and mindset-shifting activities such the Pink Paper Plane Challenge and the WOAW Hunt Challenge to bridge geographical gaps and start the conversation.

Every year, iWOAW distributes Fly It Forward® Awards to the most dedicated communities and individuals based on the reports it receives. iWOAW will publish the name of the winners on the Week’s official website, www.WomenOfAviationWeek.org on March 24, 2018. The winners will receive their awards on May 31, 2018, during iWOAW’s Gender Balance Symposium in Toulouse, France.

2018 Fly It Forward® Award Ceremony in Toulouse, France

Béatrice Vialle, one of only 3 women to pilot the Concorde, the world’s only supersonic airliner

The Institute for Women Of Aviation Worldwide (iWOAW) is delighted to announced that the 2018 Fly It Forward® Awards will be remitted to this year’s winners in Toulouse, France, on May 31, 2018 during iWOAW’s Gender Balance Symposium.

Béatrice Vialle, an active Air France pilot and one of only three women to have piloted the Concorde – the world’s only operational supersonic airliner – will be our keynote speaker as part of the award remittance ceremony.

Toulouse, a.k.a the Pink City because of its architecture, is considered the headquarters of modern European aviation. Its aeronautical roots run deep starting with Pierre-Georges Latécoère, an early aviation pioneer and the founder of the world’s first trans-continental airline.

iWOAW’s annual Gender Balance Symposium enables a much-needed conversation about the training and working environments that female newcomers will find, a subject central to the retention of female employees and career appeal.

The Fly It Forward® Awards reward the communities and individuals who take the annual Fly It Forward® Challenge and go well beyond the call of duty to introduce girls of all ages to the air and space industry and raise awareness as part of Women Of Aviation Worldwide Week, March 5-11, in 2018.

The Fly It Forward® Award categories include:

  • Most Female Friendly Airport Worldwide – for most documented Fly It Forward flights during the Week
  • Most Female Friendly Corporation Worldwide – for highest percentage of employees celebrating the Week
  • Most Female Friendly Association Worldwide – for highest percentage of members celebrating the Week
  • Most Dedicated Female Pilot Worldwide – for female pilot who conducts the most documented Fly It Forward flights during the Week
  • Most Supportive Male Pilot Worldwide – for male pilot who conducts the most documented Fly It Forward flights during the Week
  • Most Productive Organizer Worldwide (events with flights & events without flights) – for organizer of an official (register) Week event who accumulates the most activity points
  • Most Acclaimed Organizer Worldwide (events with flights & events without flights) – for organizer of an official (register) Week event who receives the highest level of reviews by attendees and volunteers

 

Two New Fly It Forward® Awards in 2018

Fly It Forward Awards

Fly It Forward AwardsThe Institute for Women Of Aviation Worldwide (iWOAW) is proud to announce two additional award categories in its annual Fly It Forward® Challenge taking place during Women Of Aviation Worldwide Week – Most Female Friendly Association Worldwide and Most Female Friendly Corporation Worldwide.

Launched to celebrate the Centennial of the world’s first female pilot licence on March 8, 2010, the Fly It Forward® initiative aims to close the startling occupational gender gap in the air and space industry. As part of the global Challenge, aviation professionals and enthusiasts introduce as many women and girls as possible to the multiple facets of the industry, hands-on.

To date, the extensive and comprehensive awareness-building effort has given such personal experience to 195,000 girls of all ages. The nine community and individual Fly It Forward® awards recognize the Challenge’s participants who achieve and document the highest level of participation.

In the new association category, not-for-profit corporations must organize at least one official activity and motivate as many members as possible to get involved as well. The association with the highest percentage of members reporting their involvement in the Week’s official website will win the Most Female Friendly Association Worldwide distinction.

Likewise in the corporation category, for-profit corporations must organize at least one official activity and encourage employees to participate in some tangible manner and report their actions before the Week’s reporting deadline. The company with the highest percentage of participating employees will win the world’s title in the corporation category.

“Over the years, many industry associations and corporations have done far more than declare their support for women during the week of March 8. They have flown it forward,” says Mireille Goyer, iWOAW’s Founder and President. “These new Fly It Forward® awards reward these industry trailblazers.”