05 Fatima Shafi

When I’m up there and we’re cruising it’s just calm. It’s all open. There’s no boundaries.

As a girl in Pakistan, Fatima rarely dreamed of more than becoming some man’s wife—until she fell in love with airplanes. A former officer and engineer with the Pakistani Air Force, Fatima is now an accomplished pilot with a major commercial airliner, challenging her own childhood notions of gender roles and personal freedom.

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01 Grace Robertson

one of six women in Georgia to complete FLAMES

meet Grace