In France, more than 77% of elementary school children think that pilots are men and for a good reason. . . today, in the world, only 3% of professional pilots are women.
At Pourquoi Princesse, we have made it our mission to change these statistics. With our first book You Can Be A Pilot, we want to show girls and boys that women can also become pilots. But it is not enough to tell girls that they can be anything they want. They need to see how other women became pilots, to understand all the obstacles they have overcome, and to know that the world around them reflects the idea that aviation is for girls too.
Our book You Can Be A Pilot from our You Can Be book series is out this month in French! And who better than Dorine Bourneton (whose passionate story and interview are featured in the book) to inspire girls AND boys?
Dorinne Bourneton is the world's first female disabled aerobatics pilot. After an accident at the age of 16 that left her a paraplegic, she has continued to pursue her dreams and break the glass ceilling with a passion that knows no limits. In 1995, she obtained her pilot's license on an aircraft equipped with manual controls. The following year, she learned that becoming a professional pilot was was prohibited for people with disabilities in France. Despite this fact, Dorine had a dream and nothing can stop her from achieving it. She created the Commission of Pilotes handicapés and fought for seven years to change the law. Finally in 2003, the Secretary of State for Transport signed the decree authorising disabled people to become professional pilots. In 2014, she started in aerobatics. Dorine is an inspiration to us all!
See you on September 11, 2019 with Apiki and Dorine Bourneton for an Apiki TALK!
This conference, open to children and adults, will be an opportunity to listen to Dorine share her story, her passion and herwork and then ask her any questions you want.
You will also have the opportunity to discover a little more about Pourquoi Princesse, our new and our upcoming projects.
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