EAA Recognizes Female Aviators At 'WomenVenture 2008' It was designed to be "easily be the largest gathering of women pilots in history." And... it was SO much more. WomenVenture 2008 was developed through a partnership between EAA and Women in Aviation, International, and was officially announced at the WAI convention in San Diego, CA under the theme "Elevate Your Life." The program was designed to recognize and encourage women aviators, who are less than 10 percent of the nation's pilot population. There were programs and activities throughout the week for longtime women pilots, those women interested in learning to fly and encouraging girls to explore the worlds of flight and the sciences. "It is important to recognize the accomplishments of women in ways that challenge and motivate others. Women can reach for the sky and elevate their lives," said Elissa Lines, EAA's vice president of commercial and donor relations, and a pilot. "We want to celebrate what women have achieved." The grand finale of the week long WomenVenture 2008 activities was the largest assemblage of women pilots in history -- at AeroShell Square on Friday, August 1. WomenVenture also featured "Women Soar/You Soar" on July 27-28, designed for high school-age girls and featuring women who have volunteered to share their aviation career knowledge and direction as mentors; Numerous workshops, forums and evening programs featuring women aviators; WomenVenture representatives in EAA Member Village welcoming all women pilots, current and non-current; The annual Women in Aviation, International celebrity breakfast on Friday morning on the EAA AirVenture grounds. Aero-TV Takes in WomenVenture 2008! FMI: www.airventure.org/womenventure
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