Tell your princess that they can command the sky.
by SHolmes on November 3, 2016 - 9:27pm
The year is 2016 and after countless trips in an airplane I have yet to experience the voice of a female pilot over the public address system. The sex ratio in the United States is 98.3 men to 100 women (Smirnova and Cai, 2015). However, in comparison to the 53,000 members of the United States and Canada Airline Pilots Association, women represent 5% of their membership (Bloom, 2016).
As a baby boomer I don’t recall my parents addressing my future as a pilot, president or chief executive. Nor have I read any future aspirations in becoming an airline pilot among the girls in my class yearbook. In those days, job’s for women were in areas of nursing, teaching, homemaker, sales, librarian, secretarial and bookkeeping.
I wonder what it would be like hearing a female pilot over the PA system. Would a voice with a higher pitch be easier to understand? Would a woman’s voice be more comforting during turbulent weather? Would she be proactive with scheduling and announcing adjoining flights?
Fortunately there is a shift in the workforce and women have chosen careers in the field of politics, medicine and business management. However, with such a low percentage of women sitting in the pilot seat clearly we have to encourage our future young women to think higher, like 30,000 feet higher.
Smirnova, J., & Cai, W. (2015, August 19). See where women outnumber men around the world (and why).
Retrieved November 03, 2016, from https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2015/08/19
Bloom, L. (2016, June 23). Why Aren't There More Female Airline Pilots? This High-Flying Woman Is Breaking
Boundaries. Retrieved November 03, 2016, from http://www.forbes.com/sites/laurabegleybloom