More Women enter the Aviation Industry; Global figures still far too low
There are about 4.5 commercial female pilots in the UK. Up to now, women still get frowned upon when they enter the male-dominated profession.
But truth be told, women have entered the aviation industries across the world ever since air travel started. Most of the jobs of women in the industry, however, were non-flying roles. These include the likes of flight simulation training, flight attendants, and air traffic control.
Over the years, the number of female pilots has increased significantly. The problem, however, is that the numbers are still too low. This is due to the fact that there’s a genuinely unfair pay misalignment.
India has about 11.6 percent of female commercial airline pilots. But the numbers only leave a three percent mark across the globe.
Being a woman in the industry, female pilots are left with no choice but to put their femininity aside. As of now, it’s the only way they see to succeed. There was not particular requirement to do it, but fitting in requires other pilots to acknowledge women without being tagged as “the girl.”
Times are changing, indeed, but a lot of work still needs to be done in the aviation industry. More work is needed to provide more opportunities for women.
One way to make it easier and more appealing for women to take pilot careers is for airlines to allow and offer more flexibility. Dealing with the challenges of having a work-life balance is something that the aviation industry may need to work on.
The gender inequality in the field is still a progress at work, but most female pilots are still open and positive about the rapid changes to take place in the workplace soon.
Inequalities are problematic for women, in almost all industries. Others have become more progressive than in the past centuries, but the aviation industry still needs a lot of changes. After all, women deserve the power and influence not just in the aviation industry, but in all aspects of life.