This is an era where women and men are treated equally. At least, that is what people like to think. Unfortunately, that is not always the way it works. There are some people who still think that women cannot do certain jobs, such as fly a plane. That was the case on one WestJet flight, during which a female pilot received a very sexist note from a passenger.
Captain Carey Smith Steacy has been a pilot for the past 17 years. During this time, she has never received any complaints from her passengers, until recently. This past Sunday, Steacy received a very sexist note that was left outside the cockpit. In short, the note said that women are better off staying out of the cockpit and just being mothers.
Here is what the note said:
“To Capt./ WestJet: The cockpit of an airline is no place for a woman. A woman being a mother is the most honor, not as “captain.” We’re short mothers, not pilots, WestJet. Proverbs 31. (Sorry not PC.) P.S. I wish WestJet could tell me a fair lady is at the helm so I can book another flight!”
Steacy wasted no time in posting the sexist note that she received to her Facebook page. She said that she has to respectfully disagree with the opinion of the person who left the note. She no longer feels that there are places where ladies do not belong or places where ladies should not be.
Ever since the note was posted on Facebook, a number of people have expressed their outrage with it. The blogging community has even stepped in to give its two cents on the matter. DadCAMP blogger said that he is the father of two boys. He wants both of them to grow up and believe that they can be anything that they want to be. If they want to be scuba divers or cowboys, then so be it. He does not understand, however, why some people believe that women cannot do the same jobs. It is the same as saying that a dad is not allowed to stay home with his two sons.
Steacy has grown accustomed to people being shocked that she flies a plane. Typically, people expect to see a man walk out of the flight deck. Despite this fact, she has never once received a note like she did last Sunday. Steacy says that she believes it is a very uncommon opinion. She did say that she agreed with one part of the note. She has two children and believes that having children is one of the highest honours.
So far, WestJet has not commented on the story at all. That being said, the Federal Aviation Administration says that there are over 8,000 female pilots working in the commercial industry today. This makes up around five percent of the airline industry, and the number continues to grow.