Michelle King, Director of Inclusion at Netflix, interviews Kimberly Perkins on the invisible barriers that are keeping women from the flight deck. Listen HERE.
From The Fix Podcast: "In the United States, women make up 47% of the total workforce. But professional female pilots constitute five percent of the piloting workforce, a statistic that has remained unmoved in four decades. Compared to other STEM fields and “traditionally” male-dominated industries, aviation has one of the lowest percentages of women.
There are mentors, scholarships, conferences, magazines and organizations that all have a goal to increase the abysmal five percent statistic. When experts are questioned on this topic, often the same old explanation is given: “It’s a pipeline problem.”
On today's episode, Kimberly Perkins, an International Captain and Safety Officer on Gulfstream 650 aircraft based in Seattle, Washington and humanitarian activist through Aviation for Humanity will reveal what the systemic barriers are to women’s advancement in aviation and why the industry has to change."
Airlines offer workload variations that crewmembers can bid on. If someone wanted to work more, there are options to bid a schedule with a high utilization. The same applies if someone wanted a reduced number of days away. Business aviation could adopt a similar structure and pay could reflect utilization so its equitable. I know plenty of working caregivers that would value such an option."
March 9th, 2020
"Anecdotal evidence suggests many women who leave aviation believe that the industry is not family-friendly, explained Kimberly Perkins, an international captain and safety officer, founder of Aviation for Humanity and a gender equality activist.
“Much like soft skills and emotional intelligence are the welcome wave of the future for measuring talent, the industry must adopt another cultural shift, this time with a focus on family-friendly initiatives,” asserts Perkins. “Having a work/life balance isn’t a women’s issue – it’s everyone’s issue.”
“We need to stop rewarding the 70-hour work week and instead get more creative on how to work just as effectively but more efficiently,” continued Perkins, who sees teleworking, flex hours and variations in utilization as quality-of-life initiatives."
Read the full article ONLINE HERE
Kimberly Perkins on why diversity and inclusivity matters to business aviation.
Recorded in Las Vegas, NV at NBAA's Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition October, 2019.
by Rolland Vincent
Excerpt: "I recently attended the International Aviation Women's Association GA conference in Napa, California and was fascinated to hear about one person’s aviation career journey. Kimberly Perkins is an ATP-rated pilot who commands a large, ultra-long-range business jet on behalf of one of the world’s largest publicly traded companies. With an impressive resume of aviation and educational credentials, she is an inspiration to many who meet her, especially when they learn that, beyond her busy professional and personal life, she has created a nonprofit (www.aviationforhumanity.org) to deliver school supplies and other donations to young school children in need across the world. Aviation is an industry that helps open our eyes to the truth that is out there; Captain Perkins helps those who are paying attention to realize that we can be the change we want to see in the world. (Editor's note: Kimberly Perkins writes about diversity issues in aviation, including these articles published byAIN: “How industry could attract more women to the flight deck,” and “It's time we all support gender parity.”
Although aviation—general and business aviation in particular—remains a “good ol’ boys club,” the times are changing. Fresh perspectives and ideas, like flowers in Spring, are everywhere, helping us navigate toward a better and more inclusive future, one where we break down stereotypes and open up the skies above us to a world of possibilities."
Forbes: September 3, 2018
Daring Women Q&A: Kimberly Perkins, Pilot and Founder of Aviation for Humanity by Daria Kroupoderova
Seattle Business Magazine: August, 2018
Aviation International News Online: April 12, 2018
National Business Aviation Association - No Plane No Gain: April 5, 2018