This Guy Left a Rude Note for the Pilot...Because She's a Woman

A female pilot received a sexist note from a passenger after landing the plane.

(Photo: Facebook)

Mar 5, 2014· 0 MIN READ
Environment and wildlife intern Adam Andrus has written for Mongabay.com and recently graduated from San Diego State.

While women are taking the helm of major corporations across the country—from Marissa Mayer at Yahoo! to Mary Barra of General Motors—at least one man doesn't like the ascent of female leaders.

On Sunday, the captain of a WestJet Airlines Boeing 737 landed at Victoria International Airport to find a sexist note written by a sexist passenger.

The note, conveniently scribbled on a napkin by a man who only identified himself as "David," was directed to Capt. Carey Smith Steacy, a female pilot who took to Facebook after finding it.

Steacy’s subsequent Facebook post included a response that symbolizes women's fight for gender equality: "To David...I respectfully disagree with your opinion that the 'cockpit' (we now call it the flight deck as no cocks are required), is no place for a lady. In fact, there are no places that are not for ladies anymore."

Despite the significant rise of women in leadership positions, female pilots comprise only 6.78 percent of certified pilots, representing an increase of less than 1 percent over the past two decades.

In reality, the world of aviation is full of significant women pilots, from Ann Wood-Kelly, an aviation pioneer who flew during WWII, to Amelia Earhart, the first woman pilot to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean.

In an interview with a representative of The Ninety-Nines, an international group of women pilots that promotes advancement of aviation, when asked how many female pilots there are in aviation, the representative simply replied, “Not enough.”