International Journal of Business and Social Science

ISSN 2219-1933 (Print), 2219-6021 (Online) DOI: 10.30845/ijbss

A Woman’s Place is … on the Flightline
Susan Kelly Archer

In the 21st century, sustained participation in the global economy requires a viable and technologically advanced aviation and aerospace industry. It is imperative for the United States’ continued leadership in aviation and aerospace to focus academic energy on preparing the next generation of scholars, inventors, and aviation and aerospace practitioners. Historically, these industries have been viewed as predominantly a fraternity of men. However, a number of women made (and continue to make) significant contributions to the aviation and aerospace industries. This paper provides a brief history of women’s contributions to aviation/aerospace through portraits of key participants over multiple eras. Their experiences and exploits should be used to encourage girls to study the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics necessary to compete in, and contribute to, the next generation of United States’ aviation/aerospace.

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