How ‘Hidden Figures’ Inspires Women in STEM Fields

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How ‘Hidden Figures’ Inspires Women in STEM Fields

By Joanna Geraghty
Octavia Spencer stars as Dorothy Vaughan in 'Hidden Figures'. Hopper Stone, SMPSP/Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation

Octavia Spencer stars as Dorothy Vaughan in 'Hidden Figures'. Hopper Stone, SMPSP/Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation

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In my role at JetBlue, I see firsthand how important science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) are to shaping future generations of leaders. Most of the critical functions of JetBlue require STEM, including aircraft flight, repair, and routing.

Yet the aviation industry still lacks women in technical and analytical positions, a trend that is seen throughout the aviation sector. Women pilots, for instance, represent less than 7% of the commercial pilot population, and women represent less than 3% of all mechanics, according to 2015 data from the Federal Aviation Administration.

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Keywords: Diversity & Inclusion | HIDDEN FIGURES | Jetblue | STEM | aviation | women in stem

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