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NASAO Commends Bipartisan “Promoting Women in the Aviation Workforce Act” – Bill Set to be Voted on in House Transportation Committee Tomorrow

On Wednesday, March 21st Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty’s (D-CT) bipartisan bill, Promoting Women in the Aviation Workforce Act (H.R. 4673), is scheduled to be one of several measures considered in the House Transportation and Infrastructure Markup.

The bill would direct the FAA to create a ‘Women in Aviation’ Advisory Board, and to submit a report to Congress on the status of women in aviation today and how opportunities for them could be expanded. The board would promote organizations and programs providing education, training, mentorship, outreach, and recruitment of women into the aviation industry.

Women make up over 50 percent of the national workforce, but are significantly underrepresented in the aviation industry. Women represent only 2 percent of airline mechanics, 4 percent of flight engineers, 5 percent of repairmen, 26 percent of air traffic controllers, 18 percent of flight dispatchers, and 6 percent of pilots.

“This is an extremely important endeavor with respect to balancing out the workforce, as women are woefully underrepresented in the field of aviation,” said NASAO President and CEO Mark Kimberling. “Further, H.R. 4673 is certainly not just a symbolic, ‘feel-good’ measure so-to-speak, as it has the potential to have a real impact in addressing the workforce shortage across the full spectrum of aviation.”

“This legislation will not only pinpoint many possible factors contributing to the discrepancy of women and men working in the aviation industry – it will also provide support systems to address these issues. We’re currently facing workforce shortages throughout the industry – not just with pilots. And, the introduction and advancement of this bill marks an important step to address this issue head-on in order to keep the industry thriving,” said Kimberling.

Rep. Esty’s legislation has broad bipartisan support from 17 cosponsors and Senators Susan Collins (R-ME), Chairman of the Senate Transportation Appropriations Subcommittee, and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) introduced companion legislation in the Senate.

NASAO commends the sponsors of H.R. 4673 for their leadership as well as Chairman Shuster and Ranking Member DeFazio for bringing the bill forward for a vote. NASAO strongly supports the Promoting Women in the Aviation Workforce Act and look forward to a favorable vote in Committee tomorrow. Assuming the bill clears this first hurdle, it will be imperative for House Leadership to bring this important legislation to the floor in the very near future.

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