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“My son is just about to turn seven and it is so important to me that he understands the role he has to play in the conversation about gender equality and the role I have as a parent to shape his ideas about women as he grows up. One thing that has struck me in balancing my career and motherhood, has been the opportunity I have to act as a role model for my son. To perpetuate the idea that women can be both strong, successful professionals and still be present in the lives of our children.
Throughout my career, I have worked with many inspiring women and have learned a lot from them in terms of how they handle the roles that women play. Equally, I have had the privilege to work alongside some incredible men who have become lasting role models. I think with all women out there, this is one thing I would advocate for is that, whether you’re in a leadership role or not professionally, you need to have a few great mentors and role models.
My hope for women in the workplace today is that we continue to normalize leaning into support systems in order to ensure that women don’t have to sacrifice to get to where they’re going, or sacrifice who they are to achieve something. Because when you try to become someone else, you lose sight of what you’re doing and why you’re doing it (and you won’t enjoy it either!).
I think there is a perception in the aviation industry that certain roles are traditionally held by men, and I am proud to work for an airline that proactively creates a space where everybody is welcomed and enables everyone to see themselves in those roles. I know there is still a way to go, but I don’t think there is any challenge women can’t face, and it’s the partnership and collaboration of working across genders that is so important in challenging these perceptions.”
Colleen, Head of Corporate Services