“The stripes don’t mean flight attendant”

I came across this article while reminiscing about the most fun I had ever had in an airplane.  My friend Jessica and I earned our commercial single engine sea rating at Kenmore Air in 2010.  When we were there, I witnessed a young woman effortlessly push a de Havilland Beaver off the dock, jump onto …

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Lyudmila Pavlichenko: Ukranian Sniper

This week's badass woman of history is one of histories most deadliest snipers, Major Lyudmila Pavlichenko, aka Lady Death. After an attack on her beloved university in Kiev, Ukraine, Maj Pavlichenko approached recruiters with her civilian expert shooting certificates and asked to join the infantry. "She looked like a model, with well-manicured nails, fashionable clothes, …

Valerie Andre: le General helicopter pilot

A little known piece of history is that one of the earliest proponents of modern day helicopter rescue and medical evacuation is credited to le General Valerie Andre, a French doctor and highly decorated helicopter pilot. le General Valerie Andre began her career in 1948, entering the service as a pilot, parachutist and army surgeon.  …

Khutulun: It’s normal to be a badass girl

One of the challenges of our modern western milieu is the implicit bias that, despite numerous examples otherwise, steers us into believing women are somehow not athletic or strong, competitive or political.  Laypersons make sweeping generalizations about women (uhhhh.... Google guy James Damore), and through confirmation bias, deceive themselves into thinking they are righteous or …

It’s not “too”

Sheryl Sandburg, author of Lean In, has been a great advocate for women's empowerment and equality but there is just one small thing that is off about her message. It's not that girls should be taught they can be "great leaders, too" but that that they have amazing talents and they need to take risks. …

Because I’m a girl

Everyday our achievements can be diminished by our peers by the simple phrase "you achieved that because you are a girl/woman" or "management/instructors/the boss goes easy on you because you are a girl/woman" or "that was great for a woman". Who knows why they say it- but let's remind ourselves why we keep doing it...  …

The majority often misunderstand their biases

Are women treated differently? Do we take things too personally? I would argue yes, we are treated differently and yes, we might benefit from taking things less seriously. A short story: While I was in advanced pilot training for HH-60Gs, I began to notice that my older, retired (circa 1990) academic instructors would refer to pilots as “he” …

The change starts with us

"Someone with authority can demand compliance, but they can’t dictate optimism, trust, conviction, or creativity." Brian Walker If we want to affect change we have to start with the people. Our leadership might make new rules, push for more change, but it takes us.   This is the purpose of The Milieux Project, to change perspectives, …