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Inspiring Girls to Take Flight

A Living History  Amelia Earhart Portrayal With Onlooking Girlscouts

Image Credit: "Amelia Earhart" and Girl Scouts. Courtesy National Air and Space Museum.

Thousands of girls in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area flooded the National Air and Space Museum's Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in March, finding inspiration from women leaders in aviation and space exploration. 

To mark Women's History Month, the museum hosted a family day--"We Can Do It! Women in Aviation and Space"--to explore the immense impact women have had on the space, aviation and other STEM fields. 

More than 11,000 visitors—including 2,000 Girl Scouts—attended the event, which featured speakers "Lucky" Heather Penney, U.S. Air Force pilot and 9/11 responder, and Catherine Barclay of NASA's exploration and space communications team.  Museum curators gave talks about female astronauts on the Space Shuttle and women space explorers in popular culture. Activities included women in aviation highlights tours of the museum and "Rosie the Riveter" photo opportunities.

"It's important for the National Air and Space Museum to reach out and inspire the next generation of women to seek opportunities in STEM fields like aerospace," said Family Day Coordinator Nick Murray.  "Events like these help girls envision how they can continue to contribute to the future of the air and space industry."

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