Published Online March 3, 2020 by AIN
"Flight departments come in all shapes and sizes. Some have already implemented family-friendly initiatives like rotational schedules and the ability to bid secure days off. But, we can do more. One’s success in business aviation should not be contingent on one’s lack of caregiving obligations. For too long our culture has inflated the importance of breadwinners while neglecting the value of caregivers. We do have the tools, it’s just a matter of action."
Full Article Online HERE.
Online Article at The Seattle Times.
"The aviation-industry structure disproportionately favors men, not maliciously, but because it was built by men for men years ago. That status quo worked for decades, but it is failing us now. The pilot shortage is real. Airlines are parking planes and canceling flights due to a lack of crew. Boeing’s CEO estimates that the pilot shortage is one of the industry’s biggest challenges and predicts a need of 800,000 new pilots within the next two decades. Aside from the moral obligations to advocate for gender parity, we now have financial reasons to recruit more women."
April 26th, 2019 - Aviation International News
"If you have a job in the aviation industry, you are already a leader. You can be a mentor. There is a generation behind us deciding whether or not to join our industry. We owe it to ourselves, to them, and to aviation as a whole to improve our industry. Let us leave it better than how we found it. It is time for our industry to pivot; it is time we all become allies for gender parity."
Seattle Business Magazine: May, 2018
"Aviation is a highly romanticized industry. Culturally, we talk about the best aspects which include exotic destinations, fancy first-class seating, and courageous pilots. We read fascinating fighter jet stories and watch intriguing documentaries that augment the luster of the industry. Yet, a closer look reveals that nearly half of the population is left in the contrails. Women are drastically underrepresented in aviation – a situation that has not improved over time like other STEM fields. The reason lies in small fragments of a much larger cultural issue."
Aviation International News: March 14, 2018
"Women have been interested in aviation since Wilbur and Orville gave up bicycles for airplanes at the turn of the 20th century. Women participated in air races throughout the 1930s and became test pilots and flight instructors during World War II. They have joined airlines and become an integral (albeit, small) piece of the aviation industry. Therefore, the situation is more complex than labeling it as a “pipeline problem.” We must evaluate the issue holistically and discuss the uncomfortable truths that propagate the barriers keeping woman from aviation. "
Aviation for Women Magazine: Nov/Dec, 2017
Aviation for Girls Magazine, 2017
1. Embracing the Opportunity to Learn
2. Working in a Collaborative Way
"Remember, your age nor your wealth play a role in professionalism. Professionalism is a mind-set. It is a desire to learn and share knowledge. Safety is fundamentally important throughout the aviation industry. The safety culture, procedures, and policy in practice derive from collective thoughts and experiences. We must always strive to do better and learn more. This happens when we acknowledge what we don’t know and reach out in a collaborative way to find the answer. The formation of best practices and policy is rooted in a strong safety culture, which stems directly from collective thought, an aspiration to learn, and collaborative effort.
Embrace the opportunity to learn; share the knowledge; and be a professional!"