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   Vol. 18 No. 17
Friday March 8, 2019

Balance For Better
Flossie Arend

     Today March 8, 2019, is International Women’s Day. This year’s theme for Women’s month is
#BalanceForBetter, which is a call-to-action for driving gender balance across the world.
     It’s ironic, then, that still in 2019 we’ve found so many women in positions of power who wish to recede into the background when it comes to their gender. Acknowledge me for my work, they say, and not for my gender. The COO of Facebook and author of the wildly popular Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead book and movement, Sheryl Sandberg asked that women lean into their workload, both at home and in the office; yes, do everything you can, and more. Do it effortlessly, with high visibility and responsibilities, and show that women can do as much and more than their male counterparts, and without making a feminine fuss. Ms. Sandberg wants individual women to institute change through their work, with the assumption that a woman’s lack of a powerful, well-paying job is the result of not “leaning in” enough. Women themselves are at fault for their lack of power, rather than the faulty system in which they are operating.
     President John F. Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act in 1963. Yet, more than 50 years later, women are still paid only 78-82 cents for every dollar paid to a man. If you're a woman of color, your pay is at the lower end of that spectrum. In Europe, the wage gap stands at 17.5 percent, meaning women essentially work 64 days of the year for free. Women only hold 4.8 percent of Fortune 500 and Fortune 1000 leadership positions. Gender equality still has a woefully long journey before it.
     In our opinion, if we really want to bring change, we need to celebrate, as loudly as possible, when a woman holds a position of power. It is not an issue of being defined by our gender, but rather the importance of recognizing that there is gender inequality. It follows, then, that when a woman holds a position of power, she is essentially working double duty against the current system—her figurative muscles are larger than her male counterparts, because the tide of inequality against which she must swim in order to even exist in her position is that much stronger. If there are, say, 40 rungs on a man’s corporate ladder, then there are 50 or more rungs on a woman’s corporate ladder. We must climb higher, and longer, to get to the same place—why wouldn’t we shine a light on our gender, when we are working so much harder because of it?

Dolores Drove A Forklift

Dolores Hofman     Today Dolores Hofman heads up the Queens Air Services Development Office, and the position is just where she wants to be in 2014.
     But in 1972, Mrs. Hofman worked as a secretary in the Pan Am Cargo office in Building 67. She decided that office work was boring; since she was already a Teamsters Union member, she was allowed to compete for any union job.
     Dolores applied for a post on the loading dock and became the first female in history to operate a forklift truck in commercial air cargo service.
     At the time she said: “I’m not much of a women’s libber—but I certainly do believe in equal job opportunities for men and women.”
     The sentiment itself, in the air cargo world, may have been a first as well.
     We extend our best greetings and a FlyingTypers shout-out to a very special and courageous lady who continues to do what she wants and in that process has been an inspiration for many others.

     Carl Schurz, an emancipation advocate and a friend of Abraham Lincoln, said:

                    “From the equality of rights springs identity of our highest interests; you cannot
                     subvert your neighbor's rights without striking a dangerous blow at your own.”

     We here at FlyingTypers will keep these thoughts vivid in heart and soul and would like to take a moment to recognize and appreciate the achievements of women, in both air cargo and the world at large.
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