It seems like no matter how many times we ladies crash through the glass ceiling, there are always going to be people that wish we’d stayed home barefoot and pregnant in the kitchen. Especially when it involves a woman in a still male-dominated profession.
Carey Steacy is a mom of two and a pilot for WestJet Airlines, and she recently received a very misogynistic note from “David” in seat 12E. “The cockpit of an airliner is no place for a woman,” began the shocking note, and it just went downhill from there.
The note, which was written on the back of a napkin, was left in the back of a seat and brought to Steacy by the cleaning crew.
A woman being a mother is the most honour, not as “captain”. We’re short [of] mothers, not pilots WestJet.
PS I wish WestJet could tell me a fair lady is at the helm so I could book another flight! In the end this is all mere vanity. Not impressed.
Well I wish people would use proper spelling and grammar when criticizing others for their career choices, but we don’t always get what we want, do we, David From Seat 12E?
Steacy posted the note on Facebook and has received an outpouring of support. When she was presented with the note, her male co-pilot and female flight attendants “all had the same reaction.” She said, “All of us had our mouths open in shock. We didn’t know what to say.”
She says that while people are sometimes a little surprised by what she does, she’s never encountered someone so disdainful of women in her field. Steacy hopes that sharing her story will encourage more women to enroll in flight school and pursue a career in aviation.
Almost every day people I find are a little bit surprised, and I think it’s just because women aren’t enrolling in flight schools.
Either it’s because they don’t think they can or they have been told that it’s not for women or that they can’t do it. And I just hope that that mindset can change, like it has in a lot of professions.
WestJet seems to be firmly Team Steacy. A spokesman said, “We are enormously proud of the professionalism, skills, and expertise of our pilots and we were disappointed to see this note.”
Do you think there are career fields that women shouldn't participate in?
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