Women in Aviation


For several decades, the aviation sector was exclusive for men, offering little or no opportunity at all for women, which only dedicated themselves to domestic activities. In 1910, the French Raymond Laroche became the first woman in the world to get a pilot license, from her contact with aviators that taught her how to fly. Among the most well-known women aviators are the American Amelia Earheart, first woman to fly through North America and first woman to fly alone through the Atlantic; and the Brazilians Theresa de Marzo e Anésia Pinheiro Machado, who received the first licenses a day apart. And Ada Rogato, first woman to get license to pilot gliders and first woman to become a skydiver, in addition to be the third woman get the license to pilot commercial aircraft.

Even though women achieved a lot on the sector and the boost of the opportunities on the market, Brazilian women occupy only 1.88% of commander and co-pilot seats in the country, and represent only 0.8% of all the current valid licenses in comparison with men.


  • 14:00 - 15:30
    HIGHLIGHTS: Opening – Welcoming and perspectives: women participation in the global aeronautic sector - timeline
    Featured woman: Fang Liu, General Secretary of ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organization)

    Debater: Carey Fagan, Executive Director of International Affairs at FAA - Federal Aviation Administration
    Debater: Donna Hrinak, Latin America and Caribbean Director – Boeing
    Debater: Molly Martin, Outreach Director- Women in Aviation, International
    Debater: Paula Faria, Idealizer - IBAS - International Brazil Air Show

    Moderator: Fabio Campos, Executive Director Central & South America at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

  • 15:30 - 16:30
    PANEL 1: Brazilian and Latin American women in aviationHow to stimulate the participation through education?
    How promote public understanding of the accomplishments and contributions of women in aviation.

    Speaker: Ana Helena Lundberg, HR at Embraer
    Speaker: Marcia Costa, President of Marcia's Catering
    Speaker: Patricia Ramanauskas, First Officer at Azul

    Moderator: Fabio Campos, Executive Director Central & South America - Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
  • 16:30 - 17:00
    1st BRAZILIAN CHAPTER: Why and how to participate?
    Speaker: Molly Martin, Outreach Director at Women in Aviation, International
    Speaker: Paula Faria, Idealizer - IBAS - International Brazil Air Show

  • 17:00 - 18:00
    Meeting for Alignment of Brazil's ChapterClosed meeting with members of the 1st Brazilian Chapter