We sat by her pool, my girlfriend and I, comparing story after story of what we had experienced in our careers as my 4 year old son belly flopped repeatedly from her diving board. Two female military pilots with over 15 years of flying a piece under each of our belts, realizing we had almost the same experiences in our careers in isolated worlds. It was surreal. We had never met before this assignment but we had received the same kind of treatment in our past and reacted in many of the same ways to it. We started to think “how many other women have gone through or are going through what we have experienced ourselves?”. How do we find them and get them to share?
Tears welled up in her eyes as she remembered all the women she had met that pushed her to do more because “they didn’t have the same opportunity”. We realized in that moment that we had to do more to create more opportunity for even more women. More more more. Why is the AF still hovering at 20% women? Why are there only 713 women pilots in our service? What are the obstacles? Why did we stay and others didn’t? How do we make a difference?
So we created The Milieux Project. A place we envision that creates comraderie, empowerment, inspiration and encouragement for all in the human experience. We invite anyone to write about their experience as a minority or with minorities in career fields that need more of us. We seek the milieux we can affect to inspire and encourage others. To be the change. We hope you join us!