W Series the all-female single seater motor racing category announced on Tuesday, International Women’s Day that they have entered a new partnership with RAF.
The new partnership seeks to help increase the opportunities for women in both motorsport and aviation through various collaborative initiatives.
Speaking about the new partnership, W Series CEO, Catherine Bond Muir said:
I am immensely proud on International Women’s Day to begin this collaboration with the Royal Air Force which reinforces how serious we are about ending the gender imbalance in our respective industries. We have so much synergy with the Royal Air Force – our pilots, drivers, engineers, and mechanics operate at the highest level under immense pressure, showcasing their talent and hard work every day. Our shared vision is to get as many women into these positions as possible so that girls see these careers as a right, not a hope. Young women, it’s a great world out there for you so keep watching because if you can see it, you can be it.”
Group Captain Andrew Turk (Station Commander, RAF Valley) said:
We are delighted to take our linkages with W Series to the next level. The RAF is the first branch of the British military to open every role to women and our shared values with W Series for equality makes us both passionate for addressing gender imbalance in our sectors. For the RAF, it is imperative for a 21st century fighting force to harness our people’s unique backgrounds, talents, and perspectives – our future success and security depends on it. This is especially true today as our female personnel actively support our air operations within NATO and further afield. I hope young women see how motorsport and military aviation, two highly rewarding and adventurous careers, are not just open to them but also offer them truly rewarding careers that will fulfil their potential. It doesn’t get much more exciting than this!”