Constitutionalist wrote at 2012-07-13 02:49:16
Although there are a lot more women in airline cockpits than there were 20 or 30 years ago, the number of commercial pilots who are women will never equal the number who are men. For one thing, even after over 100 years since powered flight was developed, women only comprise about 6% of the pilot population even though women are over 50% of the general population of the US. I believe that a bigger reason that women will never achieve numerical parity with men in commercial cockpits is because of all of the time spent away from home. Let's face it: More mothers with kids prefer to be at home with them every night than fathers do. Whether it's societal roles or simply personal preference, the net result is that more women avoid jobs that require overnight travel than men do.
A must read if you want to know why women pilots suffered a backlash after the WASP program in WW2. "I was a woman pilot in 1945" is a touching memoir of the daily activities at avenger field. These gals flew "by the seat of their pants" as aunt Winnie said.
I can address questions about airline pilot employment & entry level airline careers in the United States, women pilots, flight training, pilot certification, U.S. flight scholarships (mostly for women), aviation & airline safety topics, aviation accident investigation and airline operations.
***Please note, I cannot address flight training & career queries from outside the United States, or aero engineering degree programs/careers, aviation management topics. ****
Airline captain with 15 years past experience in airline ground operations. I have previously flown as a commercial skydive pilot & ferry pilot and majored in Aviation Science
Organizations International Organization of Women Pilots- The Ninety-Nines, charter member of Women In Aviation International, Aircraft Owners & Pilots Association, Air Line Pilots Association.