The International Society of Women Airline Pilots was initially formed as a social club in 1978 by Beverley Bass (American Airlines) and Stephanie Wallach (Braniff). In 1994, it was incorporated in the State of Nevada as a non-profit corporation.
The mission of ISA+21 is to celebrate camaraderie; support informational exchange and social interaction among its members in a healthy environment; provide aviation scholarship opportunities for career-seeking women; and inspire future generations of women aviators via educational outreach.
According to the FAA, of over 600,000 active Airmen Certificates (licenses to fly a plane), only about 40,000, or about 6%, are women. Of the active airline pilots in the U.S., an even smaller percentage are women. It is our goal to increase this percentage and open wider the doors to a career flying airliners for women.
Our members are active or retired airline pilots. We support active and aspiring pilots with career support and mentoring. We publish an electronic newsletter (members only) three or more times annually. We have an annual Conference at various locations around the world. Our purpose: to create greater visibility, acceptance and understanding of women airline pilots for the general public around the world.