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Fly Like a Girl

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Inspiring documentary about pioneering women pilots.

Movie NR 2020 84 minutes
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age 4+

Based on 1 parent review

age 4+

"Fly Like a Girl" Soars to Great Heights !!!

Love the positivity with girl power and educating young girls and teen young ladies that they too, can reach their goals in any way they chose. Loved all of the history with the WWII WASP Airflight Marine Women's Program as well as all of the other military and government professionals sharing their stories. I would have liked more positivity towards young boys, too. To help explain that ALL people are created of sacred worth and not one is "better" than another. Possibly that one person may have gifts, skills, and talents in one area and another having other gifts, skills, and talents could be a better way of sharing these ideals. We can honor all without saying one is "better" than the other, that can have a negative understanding sometimes. It may just not be a trait to teach our kids. Other than that, this film was stellar. The creation and production team are FUNtastic, because this film was not just informative, but tons of fun and entertaining. Our family has recommended this film to many, many other families. As an educator, this film helps to stir the minds of children when thinking of STEM options when it comes to aeronautics, space exploration, military, and government concepts for their education and future. Thank you so much for this film and can't wait for your next project.

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This insightful, inspiring documentary showcases women aviators who've proven time and time again that flying isn't just for boys and men. By framing the film around young Florida girl Afton Kinkade, an aspiring aviator, Fly Like a Girl is able to show how it's not just the very earliest women pilots who made history. Even in the 1990s and 2000s, women were still breaking barriers, fighting in combat, earning medals, and winning competitions for the first time. All of the women interviewed have fascinating stories. Armour, whose nickname in the Marines apparently was "Fly Girl," is particularly compelling while telling the harrowing story of a mission. Nonagenarian Haydu is fascinating and her story educational: Even many adults likely haven't heard of the WASP initiative and how its pilots were deprived of their full military standing for decades.

Perhaps the only quibble is that with so many women to feature, viewers might wish they had more time to delve into their individual stories, rather than getting snapshots of each one. It's difficult not to want to immediately look up their backgrounds and accomplishments. Wagstaff's incredible aerobatics, Stott's space walk, Duckworth's disciplined service, and Waiz's around-the-world trip are all worthy of fuller investigation. At least Fly Like a Girl shares their names and outstanding achievements with a broad audience. All of them are aware of -- and, in some cases, have experienced -- systemic and personal sexism and discrimination against their abilities. But they persisted, and now Kinkade, like all girls her age, has so many more role models than the generations who came before her.

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