Gender Balance in Aviation

Michele Summers Halleran


Women continue to be a minority in STEM related industries today and are grossly under-represented as professional pilots. To exacerbate this disparity, there is a pilot shortage in the United States. Fewer women than men are earning degrees in STEM degree programs except in the Life Sciences. Universities must foster a gender balance in aviation degree programs by increasing the female student population at the college level to help create a pipeline of female pilots for the aviation industry.  Universities and colleges should establish outreach programs that promote and support female STEM awareness as well as establish industry relationships to create collegial partnerships that lead to recruiting female students.

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