Women in Aviation Worldwide Week is held during the week of March 8, the anniversary day of the first female pilot licence worldwide earned by Raymonde de Laroche on March 8, 1910 and International Women’s Day.
It was founded in 2009 by Mireille who searched for planned events to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the first female pilot license. To her dismay, she found none. Determined to not let this important milestone for women pilots go unnoticed and uncelebrated, she launched a worldwide campaign and encouraged pilots to “Fly It Forward” (i.e., introduce a girl or a woman to flying) to honour the female aviation pioneers of 1910.
The purpose of Women in Aviation Worldwide Week is to encourage anyone involved in aviation to honour the Women of Aviation of the past and the present as well as to reach out and introduce girls and women to the opportunities that aviation has to offer. This was our first year taking part in a company celebration where they asked their employees to finish the sentence “Women in Aviation……” and what it means to them.