Aviation and Women

Emmy here.

I admit that I am an aviation addict. I can tell you everything there is about the airspace around Las Vegas. I could identify a plane from a nautical mile away. I even got my pilot’s license before my drivers license. However there has something that has bothering me about the world of aviation, its masculinity.

From its inception, aviation has been a male dominated field. From men risking their lives on dangerous experimental aircraft, men working hard to get those flying machines to work while their wives did the housework, and fighter pilots fighting for their convictions and coming home to their fairytale princess. Sadly for all these masculine traits, women are seen as “tools and prizes” to be won. It’s okay to turn them into Pin Ups and treat them as second class citizens apparently. Sometimes women try to get in aviation get abused for being different. I even left for being abused.

Women at the airport are a surprise to some. We think if that a woman loves aviation, it’s because of a man in their life. If they fly, they are sexualised. If they are a mechanic, they are some sort of freak. My response is that there are men that are in aviation because of the women in their lives, men can be sexualised just as much, and men in “women’s work” is not considered freaky at all.

Now I’m not saying all of the aviation community does that, but some do. They have to be the loudest voice in the room about it too and they ruin aviation’s image for all of us. Those who do are secretly uncomfortable with a woman in the cockpit who has the same rights and has the same value as they do. It’s a hell of a privilege to have. Sadly many people don’t care because it doesn’t affect them so it’s not their problem or they “can’t relate.”

In a perfect world nobody would care about the gender or sexual orientation of the pilot, engineer, or mechanic as long as the job gets done right. For better or worse, it will. Growing up a boy I got the term “getting beaten by a girl” drilled into my head, because as a child, threats to masculinity were the social norm. Being “beaten by a girl” was seen as weak. In reality people do care.

We need to do better. We need to celebrate women and the LBGTQIA+ community in aviation more. We need to show children that their gender does not define what job they will have in the world of aviation. Someone has to try to bridge the gender divide. If I’m the only one so be it. Just know that I will fight with all my heart and soul until I die. I don’t want anyone to feel the pain I felt for being different. It won’t be easy but it’s worth a try. If I can change the world for even just one person, it would mean the world to me and I would know I won the battle.

Hi, My name is Emmy.

It’s totally rude not to introduce and not tell someone about yourself when arriving at an event or function. So, without further delay let me tell you about myself.

The beginning is probably the best place to start. I was born on May 23, 1996, in Evanston, Illinois.  For the first 4 years of my life, I called the northern suburbs of Chicago my home. In those early years, I gained an appreciation for great pizza and a love for the green landscape of suburbia. That all changed in August of 2000 when my family and I moved here to Las Vegas in search for a better life. Both my parents got a better paying job. My world was suddenly traded for the pale and lifeless desert and shitty corporate chain food. To this day the weather gets to me and with a few exceptions, the local cuisine bores me to death.

One thing that did change me and made me who I am today was my first flight to Las Vegas. Up until then, I was terrified of aircraft. I did everything I could to not get on the plane sitting at O’Hare. However, I was impressed by my first few minutes of flying. I was fascinated by how something so big can fly. I was in love. I told my mom that I wanted to be a pilot when I grow up. I even signed up for a lottery to be selected into a high school program with the aim of having all selected graduate with their Pilot Certification. I got in and out of everyone accepted only 4 successfully completed the program. I worked hard enough to be one of the lucky few. To this day I stop for any talk about aviation and always look up to the sky. My love for aviation knows no bounds.

During high school, I discovered a game called Ingress. Ingress has sparked my curiosity and love for adventure. I have been to 13 states across the country and have made many great friends because of Ingress. Every adventure has given me countless experiences. If I were to write them now I would make this post way too long. Those stories will have their own posts.

Currently, college is taking up my time and effort. My primary focus of study is education. I got into education because it called out to me. Volunteering with local educational institutions has made me realize that I like to help people. Words can’t describe how much joy you can get from influencing a person’s life for the better. Go try it for yourself.

I’ll be here writing about everything. From my own life experience of being a studette to the occasional impassioned pizza review. I will be open and won’t hold back. I’m excited about this roller coaster ride of self-discovery. I hope you have your seatbelt fastened because it’s going to be a wild ride. I’m excited to share everything with you.