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Denver International Airport Hosts Next Generation of Female Aviation Leaders, Gov. Proclaims ‘Girls in Aviation Day’ in Colorado

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DENVER — Sept. 15, 2014 — Today, Denver International Airport hosted a group of female students from area high schools and universities to promote aviation as a possible career path. In addition, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper has proclaimed Sept. 15 as “Girls in Aviation Day” In Colorado.

About one-dozen students received a tour of the airfield and learned about airport operations before hearing from local women about the field of aviation.

“Denver International Airport, as part of the aviation community is proud to present local girls with the opportunity to see the wide variety of opportunities that the field of aviation provides to women today,” said Denver International Airport CEO Kim Day. “We hope to inspire girls to become future airport executives, pilots, airline managers, business leaders and more at DIA and beyond.”

In addition to hearing from Day about her role as the CEO of the 5th -busiest airport in the United States, students also heard from local female role models, including Denver pilot Amelia Earhart, Colorado Pilots Association President Ann Beardall, Katherine Kennedy a student pilot and aerospace engineering student at CU Boulder, and Stephanie Fijalkoski a new cadet in the Civil Air Patrol and last year’s winner of the Amelia Earhart scholarship.

Hickenlooper’s proclamation names Sept. 15 as “Girls in Aviation Day,” recognizing Colorado’s strong tradition of women aviators – including astronaut Eileen Collins and pilot Emily Howell Warner, the first woman captain of a scheduled US airline.

The proclamation reads, in part:

“WHEREAS, during the last two decades, although the number of women involved in the aviation industry has steadily increased, only 16 percent of people working in the aircraft, spacecraft, and manufacturing industry are female; and

WHEREAS, it is agreed that the path to increasing participation is through a collaborative effort by government, industry, and dedicated organizations and individuals designed to inspire and prepare female students through quality aerospace STEM curriculum and positive female role models;

Therefore, I, John W. Hickenlooper, Governor of the State of Colorado, do hereby proclaim September 15, 2014, Girls in Aviation Day.”

The complete proclamation is available here.

PHOTO: A group of female students from area high schools and universities tours the Emergency Operations Center at Denver International Airport on Monday as part of “Girls in Aviation Day.”


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