Film Discussion: Fly Like a Girl
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Summary of Activity:
Members watch the film "Fly Like a Girl" on their own (~1 hr 20 minutes, available on Netflix and the hoopla app) and then meet to discuss the questions. The attached document includes links for folks to learn more about the women featured, including a story about how the documentary came to be!
Estimated Prep Time:
2 hour(s)
Estimated Activity Time:
1 hour(s)
Estimated Total Time:
3 hour(s)
  • Leadership Development
  • Networking
  • Self-Awareness and Growth
  • Self-Confidence
Target Audience:
  • Group
Submission Type:
Ready-To-Go Event
Activity Type:
Interactive Activity
Detailed Description and Instructions:
FLY LIKE A GIRL begins by spotlighting a young girl who dreams of becoming a pilot, even attending a charter school that offers flight simulation. Playing off the girl's interest in women in aviation, the film provides interviews with such pioneering pilots and astronauts as Shaesta Waiz, the youngest woman to fly solo around the world; Sen. Tammy Duckworth; Capt. Venice Armour, the first Black female naval aviator in the Marine Corps (and the first Black female combat pilot in the U.S. Armed Forces); Patty Wagstaff, the first woman to become a U.S. national aerobatic champion; Nicole Stott, a flight engineer and NASA astronaut who went to space on the Expedition crew; and 90-something Bernice Falk Haydu, a Women Airforce Service Pilot (WASP) in World War II who had to wait more than 60 years to get her wings from the government for her service. Directed by Katie Wiatt, the movie is a tribute to and chronicle of what these women have accomplished in a male-dominated field.
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