Third Year Of Demonstrating To Young Women That The Sky Is Not
The two-day Women's Soar program, July 22-23, now in its third
year, is seeing changes that will make it better than ever for
ninth through twelfth-grade young women this year, according to EAA
Vice President of Development Elissa Lines.
In addition to having mentors work with the young women to
expose them to career opportunities in math, science, and
technology, reported The Northwestern, the program will begin with
a challenge course on EAA grounds.
"That is really important because a lot of girls come in
groups," said Lines, "and this works to break down cliques."
That challenge course will also include program mentors,
allowing for the development of immediate bonds between
participants and mentors.
Among the mentors selected for this year's event are Anousheh
Ansari, the first female private space explorer, USAF Major Jill
Long, and Judith Rice, deputy director of aerospace education for
the Civil Air Patrol.
Major Long, 40, who served in
Iraq and Afghanistan and is currently an instructor pilot, is a
returning mentor; this is her third summer.
"There are so few opportunities for kids, girls in particular,
to meet people that have done things that are unfortunately still
out of the ordinary for the ordinary girl," Long said. "This is one
of those things that provides them with this opportunity so it's
important to support it."
Long said she always knew she was interested in military
aviation and so she focused on that goal; having a career in
aviation isn't easy, she said, but she loves it.
"I always wanted to be a fighter pilot."
Long said she loves what she does because it's challenging.
"If someone likes challenges, this is a great job for them. It's
exciting and there is never a dull moment when you are flying."
She said she also likes what she does because she gets to
"Most of all, I get to come to work every day and I get to do
what I love and get paid for it," Long said. "Not many people can
In addition to military careers, Lines said, Women Soar program
participants will learn from women who work in business,
engineering, government services, education, and science.
Three breakout sections will give all participants the
opportunity to be exposed to a variety of different fields.
"We are very focused on what impact we can deliver of those two
days to create a great experience for the girls," Lines said.
Last year about 90 girls participated in Women Soar. This year,
Lines hopes to have 150 participants.
Registration for the two-day event is $10 (scholarships are
available). The registration fee includes Sunday dinner, breakfast,
and lunch on Monday, along with an optional overnight camping
experience coordinated by the Girl Scouts.
For more information on Women Soar at Airventure 2007, call
800-236-1025 or visit the Web site.