October 01, 2017

Diversity in Aviation: Between Takeoff and Landing

Renee Martin-Nagle

Reprinted with permission from The Air and Space Lawyer, 2017 (30:3), at  3-4. ©2017 by the American Bar Association. Reprinted with permission. All rights reserved. This information or any or portion thereof may not be copied or disseminated in any form or by any means or stored in an electronic database or retrieval system without the express written consent of the American Bar Association.

When I started my career in aviation in 1986, there were almost no women in executive management. There were none in the helicopter and general aviation manufacturing companies where I spent my first four years, and none at Airbus Americas during my first 19 years with that company. Today, the number of women in the executive suites is still small, but there are throngs of women in upper and middle management who are knocking on the doors of boardrooms. This growing diversity is not limited to women, as persons of color and members of the LGBTQI community are also increasingly present in the industry. This progress is attributable to the efforts of courageous and visionary individuals and organizations, including the Forum on Air and Space Law.


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