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'Women Soar' Event Opens Possibilities for Girls in Aviation and Science During EAA AirVenture 2006


EAA AVIATION CENTER, OSHKOSH, Wis. - (June 19, 2006) — Although the numbers have improved in recent years, the percentages of young women choosing aviation or the sciences as careers are still relatively small. EAA believes that these areas hold great potential for any young person with the knowledge and motivation to succeed.

That's why EAA has organized "Women Soar" on July 23-24, coinciding with the start of EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, The World's Greatest Aviation Celebration, on July 24-30. The 54th annual EAA fly-in convention is the perfect place to showcase the possibilities available to girls in aviation and science, as these young people decide their future paths.

The two-day program includes breakout sessions devoted to particular aviation and science pursuits, as well as presentations from female mentors from the worlds of flight and industry. In addition, everyone attending will have the opportunity to explore the dynamic world of flight at EAA AirVenture as part of the organized activities.

"We're targeting girls at an age where they are thinking about what they want to do with their lives and introducing to women in careers that many girls may never have considered," said Elissa Lines, EAA's Vice President of Development. "They may be attracted to aviation, the sciences or engineering, but never considered it as a lifelong pursuit. Women Soar will plant those seeds that may allow these girls to explore their own potential."

Women Soar encourages all women to participate, but particularly young women entering grades eight through 12, their parents and all teachers. Registration for students is just $10 through June 30, and $20 after that date. Complete information and registration forms are available at http://www.airventure.org/2006/events/women_soar.html.

EAA AIRVENTURE OSHKOSH is The World's Greatest Aviation Celebration and EAA's yearly membership convention. EAA members receive lowest prices on admission rates. For more information on EAA and its programs, call 1-800-JOIN-EAA (1-800-564-6322) or visit www.eaa.org. EAA AirVenture information is also available through the World Wide Web at www.airventure.org.

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