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The Girls in Aviation program was started just one year ago by the Cache Makers group based out of Logan, UT. The program focuses on exposing girls ages nine to 15 to the aviation industry as well as broad STEM, or Science Technology Engineering and Math, opportunities.

“Women are less likely to come into this field and more likely to drop out and that’s for STEM in general,”  said Claire Dugger, a second-year student at Utah State University, studying to become a professional pilot.

Dugger is a member of Utah State University’s chapter of Women in Aviation, a group that provides mentorship for the Girls in Aviation program. This is her second year mentoring and notes the noticeable gender disparity in her field.

“Only 6% of pilots are female,” she said. “Girls in Aviation program is one-step to getting girls actively participating and excited about a possible career in aviation or other STEM fields.”

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