Kanchana Gamage begins presentations to young schoolchildren about careers in aviation by announcing that two pilots will be giving the talk. “When two women walk onto stage in their uniforms, the gasp from the audience is audible,” says the founder of the Aviatrix Project, a campaign to encourage more girls to take up flying. Almost a century after pioneers such as Amy Johnson and Amelia Earhart began confronting the stereotype that only males could be aviators, the gender imbalance in the cockpit is still marked.
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