'Fly Like a Girl': Over 100 Girls Learn About STEM, Airline Careers

By Spencer Burt
Sep 12, 2018 12:35 PM ET

Joanna Geraghty said being the highest-ranking woman in the airline industry is humbling, but also frustrating.

"It shouldn't be that way in 2018," said Geraghty, JetBlue's president and chief operating officer. "There should be many more in this space ranked even higher than me."

JetBlue teamed up with the Utah STEM Action Center and Atlantic Aviation Friday to teach girls about careers in flight, especially those relying on science, technology, engineering and math.

"Often times, girls don't see themselves in these roles," Geraghty said, citing the lack of female role models who are pilots, technicians or other STEM-related positions.

"It's about exposure," she added. "We know that the more you expose girls and young women to careers in STEM, they start thinking that they can actually do that type of career."

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