Don’t be put off by being the only woman in the room. I promise you, if you have the skills, ability, drive, and determination to go after whatever role it is that you want and believe in yourself, you will get there eventually.
In our industry, you are likely to find yourself surrounded by people cheering you on and supporting you all the way, and even if not, reach out to fellow female aviators via social media or aviation organizations ,and we will all be there for you!
Immerse yourself in the world of aviation. Speak to fellow aviators, those aspiring, and those who have been successful and share experiences. Read, and read lots. You can never know enough, and there is always something else to learn.
Study hard and prepare to make sacrifices. Finally, I say embrace the fear, the nerves, and the apprehension. Do it anyway! Remember the saying, ‘’What if I fall? Oh, but my darling, what if you fly?’
If you think that there are not many women in the industry compared to men, be sure that women in aviation are improving. Each one of us has the ability to improve, and each woman in the industry has worth.
Remember Amelia Earhart. Have a look at her history in the aviation world. Earhart was the first female aviator to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. She set many other records and was one of the first aviators to promote commercial air travel, wrote best-selling books about her flying experiences, and was instrumental in the formation of the Ninety-Nines, an organization for female pilots.
In addition to the above, there are many others such as Essie Coleman, Harriet Quimby, and Katherine Cheung that you can be inspired by.
Now tell us, what is your end goal as a woman in aviation?