Aviators in Early Hollywood By Shawna Kelly
The organization was founded November 2, 1929, at Curtiss Field, Valley Stream, Long Island, New York. All 117 women pilots at the time were invited to assemble for mutual support, the advancement of aviation and a central office to keep files on women in aviation. Louise Thaden was elected secretary and worked to keep the group together as they struggled to establish themselves and to grow.
With over 150 chapters in the United States and Canada and another 17 offshore Sections located on five continents, nearly every member can feel connected to a nearby group. These groups work with their local communities to support the mission of The 99s: promote the advancement of aviation through education, scholarships and mutual support. Chapters and Sections sponsor and teach educational sessions for youth and adults. With youth, they use aviation to bolster STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) classes for youth, interesting them in the possibilities that STEM fields offer, for adults, they offer seminars for the companions of light aircraft pilots.