History of Women Fly Project
During the summer of 1989, two women
artists visited the Experimental Aircraft Association fly-in and convention in
Oshkosh, Wisconsin. They were disappointed that in all of the celebration of
the history and future of aviation, there was no mention of women’s roles.
So in 1990 they decided to try an experiment.
They created a t-shirt design featuring a woman pilot from the 1930’s emblazoned with Women Fly, and returned to Oshkosh. The message was simple, the response overwhelming. Women Fly was more than a t-shirt. It was a platform to encourage women and girls to follow their dreams.
As with many small businesses, Women Fly was labor intensive for the amount of profit. Somehow each time it was on the verge of closing, a new owner appeared who had decided to save it.
In February of 2021, Cheryl Phillips
became the 4th proud new owner of Women Fly!