Females Flying High

Aviation is a highly masculine industry and society is culturally predisposed to imagine courageous pilots as men and not usually as women.

It’s true that women in the aviation industry battle pervasive gender inequity and continue to remain underrepresented.

In the United States, women make up 47 percent of the total workforce. But professional female pilots constitute five percent of the piloting workforce, a statistic that has remained unmoved in four decades.

Chances are your pilot isn’t a woman, here’s why

This startling statistic is why other STEM fields and other traditionally male dominated industries must avail mentors, scholarships, conferences, magazines and organizations to increase the percentage of female participants where gender inequity exists.

In fact in all arenas, and especially in sports today, women continue to face gender-unique social pressures and double standards that threaten to derail decades of progress that female athletes fought to achieve.

Krista Saint-Dic exemplifies the kind of diversity that needs to be normalized for the children to hold fast to their dreams.

Despite new hurdles to traverse, women like Krista prove that by putting in the hard work to achieve their goals, even the sky is limitless.

Sources: National Girls Collaborative Project (from NSF, Science & Engineering Indicators, 2016), Association of American Medical Colleges 2016 cited in Women in Medicine, FAA’s Aeronautical Center 2016, cited in Women in Aviation.