If you run across an American Airlines employee with an extra spring to his or her step, it might be because of the carrier's new maternity policy. Effective March 1, many AA employees will receive “up to 10 weeks of fully paid time off to recover from pregnancy and delivery” and/or “up to $4,000 in financial support and positive space travel related to adoptions.”
American Airlines current maternity policy only allowed six weeks of unpaid time off, as required by law. So this is a massive shift.
An article in August of last year highlighted the issues in the cockpit of trying to be a new mom, so this new policy by American is an exciting step in the ongoing fight for moms. Delta followed suit soon after, announcing six weeks of paid leave. Women pilots at both carriers are beyond excited by these new policies.
Two panels at "Women in Aviation" (Orlando, March 2-4, 2017) highlight the issues flying moms encounter:
Flying Moms: Managing Motherhood Panel: Friday March 3, 1:45PM
Moms from various flying and family backgrounds discuss how they manage motherhood and their flying jobs. You will har from a panel of married and single moms who fly airline, military, and helicopter jobs while raising a family. Bring your questions and a pen as we reveal our resources for making our jobs easier.
Presented by: Michelle Hovey, Lt. Colonel Tiffany Behr, Taryn Fleet, Randi Freyer, Emily HIller, and Paige Blevins.
Shattering the Glass Cockpit: Creating Positive Change for Women Pilots in Today’s Global Airlines: Saturday March 4th, 1:45PM
The pilots on this panel are breaking through barriers to bring positive policy change for women in the airline industry. Having expertly faced the challenges of being female in the cockpit, including navigating careers while pregnant and pumping after maternity leave, these pilots joined together to engage company and union leaders to make it easier for everyone who follows. Find out what they did, how they did it, and how you can do it at your company—through leadership, collaboration, and action.
Presented by: First Officer Crystal Barrois (Delta), Captain Alison Britton (Skywest), Captain Christina Halli (Delta), First Officer Maggie Linn (American), Captain Kathy McCullough (Retired, NW Airlines), Captain Andrea Nicole Ratfield (Delta), Captain Lynn Tatum (United), Captain Jolanda Witvliet (United), First Officer Jenny Winter, (Delta).
PLEASE join me in congratulating three women pilots who have recently upgraded to Captain! Congratulations, Captain Deborah Hecker (American Airlines), who is also a chief pilot! Congratulations, Captain Aileen Marie (Atlas Air), who has achieved her lifelong dream of left seat on the mighty 747! Congratulations, Captain Betsy Jordan Donovan (XOJET)—you deserved this promotion long ago!
These ladies have strived for 15 to 20 years to advance as pilots while also pulling many other ladies up with them. Each one is a tremendous role model as pilot and leader in aviation.
Captain Aileen Watkins and her awesome Check Airman, Julie Morris in the Boeing747 simulator!
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