Aviation for Girls


Aviation for Girls is a special annual member publication of Women in Aviation International for Girls in Aviation Day. Articles feature young girls living their aviation dreams, career ideas, and education resources.

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1. Tell me about your GoFundMe project to raise money for a special screening of Hidden Figures. Why was this important to you? Well, I got the opportunity this past December to see the movie Hidden Figures at the White House and after hearing Former First Lady Michelle Obama say we as girls have to do the work and bring others with us to the STEAM or what she called TEAMS (technol- ogy, engineering, arts, math, and science), I wanted to do something. So, I asked my mom could we raise funds to send 100 girls to see the movie back home in Jacksonville, Florida. As a girl of color, I still do not see in my immediate surroundings people who look like me wanting to have a career in STEAM/ TEAMS, so it was important to me that I get as many girls and young people to see the movie. It's amaz- ing, because no way did I expect my GoFundMe to inspire 28 states in 72 cities to raise funds and help girls see this movie! I'm still amazed, and so happy so many people can say they saw the movie and with my screenings receive the books! 2. I know you have a lot of goals for the future. When did you decide you wanted to be the first African-American on Mars? I've wanted to be an astronaut/scientist since I was 9 years old. Reading about my idol, Dr. Mae Jami- son, who is the first African-American woman to go to space, really got me to think that I could do it. So, I'm working on it every day by working hard in school and community service to advocate for literacy and STEAM/TEAMS! 3. How did you get your name "Astronaut StarBright"? I got my name while at space camp in Huntsville, Alabama, because I loved watching them at night. When I was 5, I started my fascination with the stars, and my dream to be amongst them. Taylor's 2017 March for Science Speech My name is Taylor Richardson. I live in Jacksonville, Florida, where I attend The Bolles School. I am 13 years old and I am not just a black girl who's interested in STEM but also a black girl who rocks STEM. I will be an engineer, a scientist, and an astronaut. And I will go to Mars one day. I'm marching because I want all girls, especially girls of color, to know that they can be a part of science. And more than that, they can be leaders in science. I want them to know that, because I know that I am America. That I am science. I'm just the part that people refuse to recognize. But like Muhammad Ali said, "You better get used to me." Yes, you better get use to us girls and women, because we are not going anywhere. Science is not a boy's game; it's not a girl's game. It's everyone's game. I want girls to know we can educate each other, advocate for legislation to support science, and engage others in our communities. I stand here on the shoulders of giants. Mathematician Katherine Johnson, who helped us go to the moon. Rocket scientist Annie Easley. Dr. Mae Jemison, the first African-American female astronaut and absolutely not the last. Dr. Jemison is my hero because she told us this: "Never be limited by others' limited imagination." I am here to say that you can be anything you want to be: a mathematician, a scientist, an engineer, an astronaut. You can go to Mars. You can be a mayor. A member of Congress. President of the United States. You just have got to do the work, believe in yourself—and never ever let anyone else's limited imagination limit you, because you rock stem and what you can do is limitless. Thank you. S T A R S 2 0 17 17

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