A bill introduced by 5th District Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty has been approved by the house. The Promoting Women in the Aviation Workforce Act would lead to an advisory board being created by the FAA to promote organizations and programs that provide education, training, mentorship, outreach, and recruitment of women into the aviation industry. While women make up over half of the American workforce, Esty says only six percent of pilots are women, and women comprise just over a quarter of air traffic controllers. Additionally, less than ten percent of airline mechanics, flight engineers, repair personnel, and airline pilots are women. She says women bring new perspectives, skills, backgrounds, and problem solving skills to the table – traits necessary for American companies to be globally competitive.