Aviation for Women

MAR-APR 2018

Aviation for Women is the flagship member publication of Women in Aviation International. Articles feature women who have made aviation history, professional development ideas, and current-topic articles.

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We—as women and as aviators— need to create an aviation culture that is toxic to the harassment paradigm. 6. Review When you are unsure of whether or not a spe- cific incident is harassment, consider the is- sue from a different perspective. If one of your friends were telling you about this story, how would you react? What advice would you give to someone else? Talk about what happened to you. Tell others what you were able to do to keep it from happening again. We need to stay professional while discuss- ing these issues and make sure our own integ- rity is never in question. If your language would change if you were in front of management or the FAA, consider what you should be doing dif- ferently. It is possible for us to damage our posi- tion or even unwittingly harass others when we are just engaging in "harmless banter." Clearly there are many possible actions and scena r ios t hat people c a n t a ke if t hey f ind themselves needing resources like these. Add to the list whatever tools you find effective, and share them. It is important that we foster our own culture of personal and professional in- tegrity and respect, to create an environment that will be better for ourselves as well as those who come after us. We should not just wait for management or media reporting to make the problem go away. I know this is hard, but each of us who has strived to excel in aviation is no stranger to doing the difficult thing. Break- ing the silence is difficult, but staying silent has never provided an answer that anyone else could hear. ✈ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Devan A. Norris, WAI 13890, is a first officer for a major airline on the Boeing 757/767, and an apprentice air show air boss.

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