Encouraging women to ‘Be Bold’

WomenVenture celebrates 15 years at OSH

“Be Bold” is the theme and focus of WomenVenture activities as EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2022 celebrates the fifteenth year of programming that encourages and supports women in aviation. The sixty-ninth edition of the Experimental Aircraft Association’s fly-in convention is July 25 through 31 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.
The annual photo opportunity at EAA AirVenture celebrates the number of women who attend the big show each year.
"The annual photo opportunity at EAA AirVenture celebrates the number of women who attend the big show each year."

New this year is a dedicated EAA WomenVenture Center, which will be open to the public throughout the week. The center, located in Aviation Gateway Park, will feature exhibitors and networking events to support women in aviation as well as other resources for women currently in aviation fields or seeking to be a part of them.

“In 2022 we are bringing back many of the activities that are most popular with attendees, from the group photo on Boeing Plaza to the power lunch and evening programs on Wednesday, July 27,” said Margaret Brill of the EAA Aviation Foundation. “As we celebrate 15 years of this program, the heart of it remains the same: encouraging women to find their place in the aviation world and be bold with their ideas, dreams, and talents.”

On July 27, EAA WomenVenture activities include:

  • Group photo on Boeing Plaza for all women in the aviation community.
  • The annual Power Lunch at Theater in the Woods, with keynote speaker Eileen Collins. Collins was the first woman to pilot and later command a NASA space shuttle mission.
  • Evening programs at Theater in the Woods that features “Unusual Attitudes,” a discussion by women in aerobatic flying and how it has elevated their flying skills. Guests for that panel, moderated by Steph Stricklen, include Vanessa Christie, Patty Wagstaff, Julie Clark, Susan Bell, Debbie Rihn-Harvey, Melanie Astles, Vicky Benzing, and Jessy Panzer.

All WomenVenture participants are also eligible to receive the WomenVenture fifteenth anniversary T-shirt, designed by pilot Christy Holy. Those T-shirts can be pre-ordered for pickup at AirVenture by registering online.

For 15 years, EAA WomenVenture has aimed to inspire, empower, and break down barriers for young girls and women that dream of flight. In 2020, 6 percent of aircraft pilots and flight engineers were women. Each day, bold women take on the challenge of making their aviation dreams come true and encourage others to do the same. In 2022, WomenVenture will highlight the fearless determination and the adventurous, unwavering spirit of women in aviation.

EAA WomenVenture is presented by The Boeing Company, with support from United Airlines, U.S. Air Force, Endeavor Air, Ford Motor Company, General Aviation Manufacturers Association, Women in Aviation International, and The Ninety-Nines.

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