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Women in aviation – the status quo won't fly
Posted May 01, 2013 - 10:23 AM

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"Being able to give young women hands-on experience of flying plays a big part in inspiring young minds about their future."

Women are vastly under-represented in the aviation and aerospace sectors and while change has been slow, new education policies and more visible role models are shifting the status quo. Frances Cook spoke to the UK's Royal Aeronautical Society and Women 1st to find out what barriers exist and what can be done to address the gender imbalance.

It is difficult to believe that in the 21st century, with so much emphasis o­n gender equality in the workplace, that women are so vastly under-represented in the aviation and aerospace sectors. While women are very visible in customer service and administrative roles - in the UK around two-thirds of ticketing and sales personnel are female - behind the closed doors of the cockpits, the hangars and the board rooms, it is a very different story.

"Airbus devised a dedicated training programme for women, called GROW, which prepares them for senior management positions."

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