Over 30,000 girls worldwide participated in the 9th Annual Girls in Aviation Day (GIAD), organized by Women in Aviation International (WAI), on September 23. This marked a significant increase compared to the 16,000 attendees at GIAD 2022. GIAD events were held in 31 countries, showcasing the program’s global reach. WAI organized 168 events, offering unique opportunities for girls to engage with aviation and aerospace.
Girls in Aviation Day is an integral part of Women in Aviation International’s initiative to inspire girls to pursue careers in aviation and aerospace. The comprehensive program includes GIAD events, free Junior memberships in WAI for youth aged eight to 18, a dedicated magazine, and an interactive app. The app features monthly webinars, STEM education activities, videos of female aviators highlighting diverse careers, informative content about scholarships, virtual tours of museums and airports, and a timeline honoring women in aviation.
Sparking Girls’ Interest in Flight
Participating in Girls in Aviation Day empowers young girls to explore the exciting world of flight and encourages them to envision a future in this field. It catalyzes their educational and professional journey in the aviation and aerospace industries.
“Our Girls in Aviation Day events are designed to spark girls’ interest in aviation and aerospace while learning science, technology, engineering, and math subjects in an interactive, fun format,” says WAI Interim CEO Stephanie Kenyon. “Working together with our industry partners, donors, and sponsors, we are creating a pipeline of talented women who will one day lead aviation and aerospace into the future.”
WAI held events at various locations such as airports, FBOs, museums, and hangars around the world, including the U.S., Canada, Europe, Africa, and Asia. They aimed to introduce young girls to the exciting possibilities and opportunities in the field of aviation and aerospace. Female role models were present to inspire and guide the girls, while career panels provided valuable insights. The girls also had the chance to explore airplanes and airports and engage in hands-on educational activities like treasure hunts and simulator flights. They had the opportunity to learn about aircraft engines, avionics, weather systems, and space.
To extend the experience beyond the one-day event, the Aviation for Girls app offers a wealth of educational content, and more than 2,000 users have already downloaded it in 56 countries. Additionally, over 4,000 young individuals have joined as Junior members of the organization Women in Aviation International (WAI). To become a Junior member for free, visit www.WAI.org/membership-information.
About The Event
Since WAI’s first annual International Girls in Aviation Day in 2015, the annual WAI event has grown yearly since its first gathering of 32 events and 3,200 participants. In 2020, because of COVID-19, WAI launched the free Aviation for Girls app with hours of educational content. It reached thousands of girls from more than 60 countries.
2023 Girls in Aviation Day partners and donors include the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, JetBlue Foundation, PPG Foundation, SkyWest Airlines, Sporty’s Pilot Shop, Baylor Institute for Air Science, ConocoPhillips, and the Emanuel Bachmann Foundation.