Have you seen Wonder Woman?
I love that movie because it is the only movie with stand-alone woman protagonist in DC series which was considered equivalent to superman.
Stereotypes don’t die; they don’t even fade away, easily.
They often are considered as benchmarks to judge people or things. One stereotype that seems to have lived since forever is that men and women perform best in certain jobs. Some believe that men are more suited for technical and mechanical fields and women are best suited for nurturing and educational roles in the society.
You know, phrases such as “trolley dolly” reinforce negative stereotypes surrounding women in aviation. Most of the women in aviation work as members of cabin crew, part of this comes from standardized roles for men and women back in the Golden Age of Aviation. This leads to basic stereotype of men doing the technical work, being a pilot and women being at the back-foot.
But I guess, these stereotypes are fading away.
In 1909, Baroness Raymonde de Laroche became the first woman to fly solo. Since then, there has been a gradual increase in the number of women in aviation. According to the CAPA study, 4.4 per cent of pilots in the Unites States are women. Over a ten-year period, per centage of female pilot have gradually increased. The fastest growing Indian low-cost carrier, Indigo, ranked first in ISWAP list with 322 female pilots employed by it.
Today, no job or no industry is stereotype based on gender. Women have paved their way in the aviation industry. Having said that, I do not intend to make you feel that if you do not do a technical job, you can’t be a wonder woman.
My whole point of explaining you this was, wherever you are-you are a wonder woman. Women who have crafted their way in a male centric job, or women sitting at home and nurturing their children, we all have something which makes us unique. This is a time to change, change stereotypes and to make the world realize that it is only the choice of a woman to stay in house or cockpit, not her gender that decide that.
Stereotypes will break, evolution will be witnessed and in a world of ordinary mortals, every woman will shine as a wonder woman in her own unique way.
Read my next blog on how one should find meaning in life and work hard for it. https://chandanalife9602.home.blog/2020/03/02/life-doesnt-give-us-a-purpose-we-give-life-a-purpose/
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