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Delta Takes Strides In Closing The Gender Gap In Aviation By Inspiring Women

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Inspiring women from an all female Delta crew makes plans on closing gender gap for airline pilots.
Source: news.delta.com

An all-female Delta crew is just a step in Delta’s strides being taken to close the gender gap in aviation. This is inspiring women everywhere who are trying to become successful in a male-dominated work environment.

Though the percentage of female pilots in the U.S. is growing, it has only grown by 1 percent in the past 10 years. In the U.S. today, only 6 percent of pilots are female.

Delta has been making major strides in closing the gender gap in aviation in recent years. Delta began a women’s training program in 2015 as an “effort to diversify a male-dominated industry and expose girls to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) careers at a young age,” as stated on Delta’s website. 

On International Girls in Aviation Day, Delta’s WING (Women Inspiring our Next Generation) flight took off, for the fifth time, carrying 120 girls passionate in learning more about careers in aviation. 


The WING Flight was completely, “planned and orchestrated exclusively by women – including the pilots flying the plane, ramp agents working on the ground, gate agents boarding the flight, and women in the tower guiding the aircraft on its way out,” as stated on Delta’s website. 

In the five flights that Delta’s program has oriented since 2015, over 600 girls have flown, and become inspired to reach their own goals. During the program, girls learn about the different career paths women have taken in aviation and discover the reasons that it is possible for them to become like those women.

“We’re taking ownership to improve gender diversity by exposing girls at a young age and providing a pipeline so that 10 years from now, they will be the pilots in the Delta cockpit inspiring generations of women who follow,” said Beth Poole, General Manager – Pilot Development, who helped start Delta’s WING Flight.

This year, the WING program landed in Houston, and the girls toured a few of NASA’s buildings and learned about flight and human space exploration. A special guest at their luncheon was Jeanette Epps, a NASA astronaut and aerospace engineer.

For some of the girls in the program, this was the first time they had ever flown, which made the experience even more life-changing. 
Delta plans to continue the WING program.

They hope the girls will become the future inspiration of other women and will aid the program in “addressing under-representation by growing and inspiring talent, nurturing the individuals and removing economic, racial and gender barriers.”

By: Sydney Murphy

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Young Boy Donates His Vacation Money To Hurricane Survivors

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6 year old African American boy, Bell, helps Hurricane Dorian people out by selling hot dogs.
Source: Htv1michindoh | YouTube

Jermaine Bell is a six-year-old with a big heart. He turned his birthday trip into an unforgettable cause by helping others in the place of celebrating his own birthday.

For a whole year, Bell had been saving up money for a trip to celebrate his 7th birthday. He was going to celebrate by traveling to Disney World’s Animal Kingdom park.

Although had he planned for a fun birthday trip, when Hurricane Dorian caused over a million residence near South Carolina to evacuate from their homes, Bell decided to put his money toward helping evacuees instead. This natural disaster was not going to put a damper on this young boy’s birthday. 

Bell bought snacks and water to hand to evacuees as they drove by on the crowded highway. He stood alongside Highway 125, held a hand-made sign and gave out hot dogs, chips, and water to those who needed them. Bell served more than one hundred people his donated food and touched each and every one of them with his kindness.

Video of Bell giving out snacks:

“The people that are traveling to go to places, I wanted them to have some food to eat, so they can enjoy the ride to the place that they’re going to stay at. I wanted to be generous and live to give,” said Bell

Bell is a six-year-old, who has already learned how to be selfless and generous to others. He was proudly accompanied by his grandmother, Aretha Grant.

Lauren Bell, his mother, was very pleased with her son’s generosity . She posted about his service on Facebook to spread awareness to others and show them that everyone can help in whatever way they can.

“He actually even prayed for a family while they were here in reference to their house being okay when they got back, so that was really tear dropping,” said Grant.

“He has a very big heart and all-around caring spirit,” Lauren wrote on Facebook. “It definitely makes it a birthday to remember for him.”


After Bell’s act of kindness was heard of, all over the country, Mickey Mouse and Disney World workers surprised him at his home in Jacksonville. They invited Bell’s family to Disney World’s Animal Kingdom park for a VIP trip.

Bell was thrilled and had never expected anything that amazing would happen. He was thoroughly surprised and full of gratitude.

Video of Bell given a trip to Disney

“If you do good things, you will be rewarded,” Bell said.

Bell’s mission of making a difference was accomplished with a large amount of gratitude on both ends. With his selfless act of kindness, Bell has reached lengths far past his age and proven that no matter how old or young, anyone can make a positive impact. 

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Midterm Elections – Why Should YOU Vote?

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Want to know why it’s so important to cast your vote tomorrow? Let these college students tell you THEIR why.

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The Syrian Chemical Attack

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On April 7th, the world saw yet another tragedy to strike Syria during it’s complex civil war. Two bombs were dropped, harmful chemicals plague the citizens, and world leaders are displaying conflicting perspectives to who was responsible. What is your take on the controversial issue?

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