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Women Who Drone is encouraging women to share their experience and get into droning. Via The Verge:

Less than 5 percent of certified drone pilots in the US are women, which is a dreary statistic that highlights the lack of women in STEM industries. The number for women who fly recreationally is likely much higher, but being FAA-certified can open up career opportunities to enter the UAV industry, a fact many likely aren’t aware of. To close the knowledge gap, Elena Buenrostro started Women Who Drone, an online community where female drone pilots, photographers, and videographers can come together and learn from each other.

Buenrostro, who comes from a video production background, was inspired to start flying drones after a trip to the Great Wall of China. When other women in similar creative fields started reaching out to her for drone advice, she decided to start Women Who Drone with her co-founder Laura Chukanov. The #womenwhodrone hashtag on Instagram didn’t exist before the group emerged one year ago; today, there are over 9,000 photos from female drone pilots around the world.

Women Who Drone is one of the largest online female drone pilot communities. Members share educational resources on safe drone practices along with hosting workshops and online lessons. In addition to featuring photography from over 400 women on the blog so far, the website also offers a database of its women photographers whose work is available for licensing. Last month, the organization partnered with Getty Images to license the Women Who Drone collection, which features drone photography and video footage taken by its brand ambassadors.

Read more, learn about Women Who Drone and check their Instagram @womenwhodrone for some stunning aerial shots!

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