September 24, 2016: Girls in Aviation Day

WHEREAS, the United States is recognized as the global leader in aerospace safety, efficiency and innovation; and,

WHEREAS, the aerospace industry is dependent upon a skilled workforce to maintain this exemplary level of quality; and,

WHEREAS, local leaders in government and in the community recognize the importance of the aerospace industry to the economic prosperity, national security and citizen safety of the United States; and,

WHEREAS, women have been involved in aviation since its earliest days. E. Lillian Todd designed and built aircraft in 1906, in 1911 Harriet Quimby became the first woman to earn a pilot certificate and cross the English Channel, Helen Richey became the first woman pilot for a U.S. commercial airline in 1934, Rosie the Riveters kept building aircraft at Willow Run Airport during World War II, in 1983 Astronaut Dr. Sally Ride was the first American woman in space, Jeana Yeager copiloted the first non-stop, non-refueled flight around the world in 1986, and Astronaut Eileen Collins became the first female Space Shuttle Pilot in 1997 and first female Space Shuttle Commander in 1999; and,

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 as well as individuals who inspire girls to pursue aerospace based goals. It is also important to prepare female students for careers in aviation through quality aerospace STEM curriculum and to expose girls to positive female role models;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim September 24, 2016 as Girls in Aviation Day in Michigan.