This documentary inspires pilots to 'fly like a girl'

Katie McEntire Wiatt has a simple mission: Fill the skies with women.

The teacher-turned-filmmaker is producing a documentary to inspire girls and young women to join aviation — a field that, like many science and technology careers, employs mostly men.

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Only about 6 percent of U.S. pilots are women, including commercial, private, student, and recreational pilots, Federal Aviation Administration data shows.

"Many barriers still exist for young women who might pursue aviation/STEM fields," McEntire Wiatt said, pointing to socioeconomic inequality, lack of access to training and education, and broader cultural stereotypes about who gets to be a pilot. Read more...

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