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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to and heard stories they'd never shared with me, from a flight instructor getting "handsy" during a lesson, to the stupid Fred-style attempted kiss- es, to an incident involving my own little sister of being grabbed between the legs by a stranger while crossing the street in Boston. Of course, women who work in the aviation industry, and men as well, have experienced far worse incidents, things that were said and done to us in stairwells, at the trade show booth, in the hotel bar, on empty ramps, in offices, and in the cockpit. We're particularly prone in the aviation industry as a male colleague of mine pointed out via email—there are "enough guys who are still stuck in the Stone Age and a comparatively low percentage of women as part of the community." And yet, I am buoyed by this new national conversation for the very important reason that we're having it at all. Harassment is no longer merely something whispered to one another in women's restrooms or locker rooms, or tear- fully related over coffee with choking voice and shaking hands. I am also buoyed by the fact that harassment can no longer be ignored or mini- malized. Harassers don't operate with impuni- ty any more, believing, as they once could, that their colleagues would protect them and no one would believe you anyway. In short, Fred would no longer get away with his kisses. He would be reprimanded and maybe even fired. This national conversation has given wom- en a tremendous amount of power, power in the workplace, which we previously did not have. I believe that all the questions and boundaries and lines, and what's okay and what isn't, will be sorted out eventually. It will take time and hap- pen in fits and starts, but it will happen. My wish is that as women we exercise this new power fair- ly and wisely for the greatest good of all of us. ✈ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Patricia Luebke, WAI 1954, is a New York City- based freelance writer, editor, and marketing consultant. Exercise Sessions at Conference (PreregistraƟon required) 7-8 a.m. Peppermill–Tuscany Ballroom Thursday, March 22 • Work Out With the Marines Friday, March 23 • Yoga Saturday, March 24 • Zumba MARCH 22-24 2018 Reno WAI 2018 W H E N W O M E N H A D N O B U S I N E S S F LY I N G , S H E M A D E FLY I N G H ER B U S I N ES S . NBAA enables business aviation, helping you trail blaze your way to new frontiers. Join us at nbaa.org/join. NBAA is a proud sponsor of Women in Aviation D E D I C A T E D T O H E L P I N G B U S I N E S S A C H I E V E I T S H I G H E S T G O A L S . FREE DEMO: SPORTYS.COM/COURSES OUR BIGGEST UPDATE YET! 2018 LEARN TO FLY COURSE

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