The missing demographic
Despite the best recruiting and retention efforts, the number of women in technical and top executive/command areas in Aviation, Aerospace, Marine and Defence remains low.
For example, out of 25,413 professional pilots in Canada, only 5.8% of them are women . Out of 17,278 aircraft engineers, only 2.3% of them are women. Women account for only 4% of the technical trades and less than 3% of the top command positions in the Canadian Forces.
Perception is deeply rooted
From the numbers it would be tempting to conclude that women are either uninterested or unwelcome in these fields. Instead, studies have shown that a common perception persists that Aviation, Aerospace, Marine and Defence are industries reserved for men.
From an early age, male and female alike are affected by this perception message, which is continually reinforced by observation (lack of change), media, social media and advertising. The low numbers also mean that most women have no direct family or peer connection to Aviation, Aerospace, Marine and/or Defence. Therefore it is unreasonable to expect gender and cultural diversity to resolve naturally in these fields.
A hands-on approach to inspire real change
The Achieve Anything Foundation was formed to develop and implement year-round projects and programs of lasting value towards inspiring female future leaders in STEM, and STEM-based fields such as Aviation, Aerospace, Marine and Defence.
Our projects and programs employ the unique hands-on approach of The Sky's No Limit - Girls Fly Too! signature annual events to create a lasting impression in the minds of our target audience. Only by allowing the missing demographic to experience these industries first hand and by developing mentoring partnerships with industry, education and our target female audience can real demographic change in these industries be achieved.
Explore new possibilities
Our projects, programs and events introduce keen minds to the endless possibilites open to them in Aviation, Aerospace, Marine & Defence and related STEM-based, high-technology fields.Read more
Our message is meant for all generations
We take this approach for several reasons. In many cultures elders are the leaders within the community - we include the elders in the discovery experience so they will share this incredible experience with other women in their community. We welcome the guardians and other individuals from the girls' support network to take part in the discovery experience as they are more likely to be sources of encouragement as the inspired females progress in their chosen fields. Lastly, but no less important: it is never too late to be inspired to new challenges - all ages are welcome.Read more