March 11, 2013

You Go, Girl: Women’s History Month

This month, we reflect on all of the amazing women who have left their mark throughout history. Celebrating women on a national level began in 1981 as a week-long event, and eventually expanded to the whole month after Congress was petitioned by the Women’s History Project. During his tenure, President Obama has made a proclamation each year that calls attention to the “legacy of change and equal opportunity,” inspired by women.  You can read the President’s full statement here.

The National Women’s History project has named this year’s theme Women Inspiring Innovation through Imagination. The theme pays tribute to females who have made contributions to the the STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) fields. The organization’s website lists a slew of brilliant women whose innovation and smarts led to breakthroughs in this space. From pediatricians and microbiologists to naturalists and roboticists, the line-up of ladies is truly inspirational. Check out this year’s honorees.

It’s fitting that this year’s theme calls attention to STEM subjects, which JetBlue fully supports since numerous aviation positions require a keen understanding of them. The Coalition works with businesses to promote the education of children on STEM subjects, so that they’re equipped to take on a career in relevant industries.

Women in Aviation

In the aviation world, the list of contributions from women is long and impressive. While you may have heard of some notable ladies (i.e. Lillian Todd, first woman to design and build an aircraft; Amelia Earhart, first woman to fly across the Atlantic independently), there are countless other heroes that deserve some praise this month.Gallery of women in aviation.

There are many events being hosted around the country to honor Women’s History Month. If you happen to be in the D.C. area, consider checking out the The National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center for “Women in Aviation and Space Family Day” on Saturday, March 23, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The exhibit will focus on women’s contributions to aviation and aerospace.

Also, the Museum of Flight in Seattle is hosting a week of events paying tribute to women including: “History of the World War II’s Women Air Force Service Pilot Program,” and “Adventures Across the Atlantic,” where Bridget Cooley and Helen Cernik will talk about their flight from Seattle to Edinburgh, Scotland in a single-engine airplane.

Learn more about Women in Aviation and Space History

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