If you are a professional in an emerging industry, like gaming, data science, cloud computing, digital marketing etc., that has promising career opportunities, this is your chance to be featured in #CareerKiPaathshaala. Fill up this form today!
A frequent flyer describes her first experience with a woman pilot onboard. She describes it as one of her proudest moment in life.
For a moment I couldn’t believe my ears when I heard that announcement sitting in an air bus and about to get on a six-hour long journey. It was not the content but the voice that stayed with me. At the next opportunity to grab a quick minute with the air hostess, I reconfirmed who the captain was and her answer made me super proud.
Last night, I took an international flight from Hong Kong which was led by Captain Hazel Zakaria from a reputed International airlines. This was my first time flying on an air craft where a woman pilot had the controls in her hand and throughout the journey all I kept thinking was how amazing that is. Yes, you may think I was caught unaware and it is partially right. Having taken many flights over the years – this was my first time and resonated with the recent “IAF women pilots can fly fighters” news that was making waves.
I researched a few facts for you to note:
It feels good about the fact that gender biases on who plays what role in the airline sector is visibly fading. When I see a male cabin crew member demonstrating flight safety instructions with a smile and a woman pilot taking the lead, it reaffirm a very basic fact – work is beyond any gender.
Bridging the gender gap in India also makes economic sense. According to a report by McKinsey Global Institute, this could add Rs 46 lakh crore (or about USD 0.7 trillion) to the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) in 2025. Isn’t that such a positive estimate for the country?
Just before alighting, when rest of the passengers were headed towards arrivals, I made a request to the crew and mentioned my desire to meet the Captain. I was welcomed and yet again, for the very first time, I stepped into the cockpit to meet the pilot and told her how inspired and happy I was! She mentioned that even in nations like Hong Kong, the ground staff finds it hard to believe that Indian women in white uniform are the ones flying the craft.
Captain Zakaria is an experienced commercial pilot with many hours of flying under her wings. Her crew spoke really high of her which was good to hear. In those quick 5 minutes that I had with her, I found her to be a kind and warm woman.
Captain – if you ever get to read this post, Thank you again!
So, the next time your flight’s captain makes an announcement, listen to her/him carefully. You never know you too could be on your destination led by a woman pilot.
Cover image via Shutterstock
Working Homemaker. HR Professional. Engineer. Wikipedian. Blogger. Reviewer. Family Photographer read more...
Women's Web is an open platform that publishes a diversity of views, individual posts do not necessarily represent the platform's views and opinions at all times.
Stay updated with our Weekly Newsletter or Daily Summary - or both!
Shows like Indian Matchmaking only further the argument that women must adhere to social norms without being allowed to follow their hearts.
When Netflix announced that Indian Matchmaking (2020-present) would be renewed for a second season, many of us hoped for the makers of the show to take all the criticism they faced seriously. That is definitely not the case because the show still continues to celebrate regressive patriarchal values.
Here are a few of the gendered notions that the show propagates.
A mediocre man can give himself a 9.5/10 and call himself ‘the world’s most eligible bachelor’, but an independent and successful woman must be happy with receiving just 60-70% of what she feels she deserves.
As long as teachers are competent in their job, and adhere to the workplace code of conduct, how does it matter what they do in their personal lives?
A 30 year old Associate Professor at a well-known University, according to an FIR filed by her, was forced to resign because the father of one of her students complained that he found his son looking at photographs of her, which according to him were “objectionable” and “bordering on nudity”.
There are two aspects to this case, which are equally disturbing, and which together make me question where we are heading as a society.
When the father of an 18 year old finds his son looking at photographs of a lady in a swimsuit, he can do many things. What this parent allegedly did was to dash off a letter to the University which states: