In honor of International Women’s Day, we wanted to take the opportunity to reflect on some of the amazing women who work at JetBlue, and a topic of great importance to us – encouraging more young women to pursue STEM and explore careers in aviation.
Throughout the month of March, we’ll be sharing stories that empower and inspire women and young girls, especially those interested in pursuing careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). In a recent piece in Fortune, How Hidden Figures Inspires Women in STEM Fields, Joanna Geraghty, our executive vice president of customer experience, and president of the JetBlue Foundation,called for more women to join and advance up the STEM industry ladder.
Did you know that while women make up about 48% of the U.S. workforce, they only add up to approximately 24% of the STEM workforce? In addition, female scientists and engineers are concentrated in different occupations than men, with relatively high shares of women in the social sciences (58%) and biological/medical sciences (48%) with relatively low shares in engineering (13%) and computer/mathematical sciences (25%). At JetBlue, we are making strides to ensure that women areempowered and have an equal right to become a flying force in the aviation industry.
In January, the JetBlue Foundation partnered with The Greater New York Chapter of The Links Inc. to host a special screening of “Hidden Figures,” for young people often under-represented in careers in STEM. Following the film, some of our pilots, including two women of color, led a discussion on how STEM has shaped their careers and inspired their passion for aviation. Each attendee even received a copy of the book “Hidden Figures” by Author Margot Shetterly.
To kick off Women’s History Month, JetBlue also invited the Women in Aviation (WIA) professional organization to our center of training at JetBlue University in Orlando, for a panel discussion which included female crewmembers from our very own workgroups. “It truly was a moving experience having been part of such an amazing event, surrounded by many amazing women,” said First Officer Manager, Jill Heinrich. “This was an uplifting and motivational time for all. The event has spurred many pathways of comradery, unity, and support.” Women in Aviation also hosted a conference March 2-4 at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort where JetBlue had the opportunity to recruit potential crewmembers and share more about JetBlue’s values and mission.
Later this month, JetBlue will again host Fly Like a Girl, an event that inspires young women to be bold and develop the confidence to pursue an education and career in male-dominated fields like aviation. Participants will have a firsthand look at our operation and what it truly takes to be in the aviation industry. The deadline to register is March 10.