Now, rethink that image.
That is so what happened Tuesday after the emergency landing of a South west Airlines plane in Philadelphia
. An engine broke up in airline flight, the debris shattered a screen and the rapid decompression nearly drawn out a passenger, who afterwards died.
Oxygen face masks came dangling down and the initial took action. In recordings in order to air traffic control, in a relaxed cool voice, the pilot demonstrated nerves of steel and arrived the plane quickly and safely.
“We have a part of the aircraft missing, inch the pilot told air visitors control as the plane descended in order to safety.
The public was quick to contact the pilot a hero. Her name is definitely Tammie Jo Shults
. She actually is one of the Navy’s first female jet fighter pilots and the first woman in order to fly a F/A-18.
Why does that issue? Ultimately it doesn’t. And that’s the point, specifically to those passengers so terrified, Several used video chat during their recognized last moments and others tried to assist wounded passengers and calm afraid travelers. It was a potential catastrophe being streamed and tweeted instantly. Were they thinking of the gender of the pilot? Likely maybe not. All they wanted was the pilot to perform flawlessly.
But, the image of the hero pilot as a “he” made some reports erroneous; not to pick on CBS, but the description of the aftermath — “Everyone clapped and praised the pilot after he set the aircraft down” — was wrong. And that error cultivates the stereotypical image of the cool guy saving the masses.
Shults did everything that a highly trained professional would do. It wasn’t magic to her or her colleagues; they have trained and exercised for that moment of crisis for some of their careers. In other words, she is a hero to us, but for her and her colleagues she performed exactly to plan.
Shults is proof, again, that there is no “female” method of high-risk jobs, especially those in the military and public safety. Women should be given access because there really is no difference within their performance.
The fight, for example , to get women into combat roles in our military, a debate that ultimately resulted in complete access for women in 2013, wasn’t because there is a girl’s solution to fight, but because, if trained, women can perform in the same way as men.
The purpose of giving women access to these jobs, and promoting them once there, isn’t pursued because it makes us feel good, but because there is no reason to exclude women if they is capable of doing as well as men.
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Our images of the hero pilot aside, Shults showed that “nerves of steel” can have two X chromosomes. A combination of a person’s natural inclinations and the kind of training she received in the military were the key factors in her safe landing. I’m all for promoting a female hero, and the casting for the movie may have already begun. But the lesson of the safe landing isn’t that a female pilot performed heroically, but a professional pilot performed exactly as trained.