International Women’s Day is an annual celebration of the achievements of women around the world and a call to action for gender equality. This day is owned by no one and can be celebrated by anyone. The first International Women’s day was celebrated as a gathering on March 19th, 1911 when over a million men and women rallied for women’s rights.
Since then, women’s rights have expanded greatly and so has female representation, but there is still a disparity between genders in various industries. This is especially evident in STEM industries, which are notoriously male-dominated. Regardless, women have been able to make a name for themselves in these areas.
At Women Who Drone, we try to do our part to promote and educate women interested in the UAV industry. Women Who Drone’s main goal is to inspire, educate and empower women and girls to join the UAV industry, and we accomplish this through our workshops, online courses, social media, and our blog. Since its inception, we have grown as a community and a company, allowing for more opportunities to share the knowledge and talents of other women.
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This year, Women Who Drone spent International Women's Day in the Cayman Islands shooting for Celebrity Cruises, a luxury cruise line. This shoot featured the Celebrity Edge and the Celebrity Reflection. Celebrity Edge is the first ship in Celebrity Cruises' Edge Class of ships and has Caribbean and European itineraries of a least a week long. The ladies who participated in this opportunity were able to obtain amazing footage of these massive cruise ships and the beautiful coast of the Cayman Islands.
In 2016, it was reported that out of all the people who had remote pilot certification, less than 4% of them were women, which is a huge disparity. It is uncertain how many female drone pilots there are around the world or even how man women are working in the UAV industry, but a disparity still exists in those areas. Hopefully in 2019, we can see a rise in the number of women pilots and in the UAV industry.
I am a writer and an artist based in Georgia. Specializing in illustration, graphic design, and video art, I love to explore the new ways technology intersects with art. I think drones have done amazing things for photography and video art, making what would previously be costly and difficult more accessible. As a complete novice, it was only recently that I saw what independent artists could do with their drones, and I continue to be impressed by the sights that drones are able to explore and the images they can capture. Instagram: @tyesha.ferron