#GloryToTheGirls: Stories from YOU!

In case you haven’t heard, we’ve teamed up with Betches to champion every girl’s right to succeed on her own way and own her own terms! We asked our communities to share your stories on how you’re slaying your pay and becoming empowered at work! From refusing to conform to the norm to sharing KICK ASS females who you consider a role model, check out some of the fe-mails we’ve received from you GLORYOUS gals! We hope that you’re just as inspired by them as we are! #GloryToTheGirls

Though I have been flying over 16 years, barely a day goes by that I don’t hear, ‘there goes a LADY pilot’-not just pilot. Our airline has 13,000 pilots but sadly us ladies only account for about 700.  However, we are inspiring generations to come, breaking barriers and letting the traveling public know we are in control. I used to hate wearing my pilot hat but now I see that it commands the respect I deserve. So, to all the women in the world who are empowering themselves and garnering respect in their fields, I tip my hat to them!” – Lucy

I always thought it was going to be easy for me to break into the male dominated world of medicine and surgery, I never even questioned it- until I was actually in the hospital dealing with it. My parents brought me up to become the doctor, not marry one. So bright eyed and bushy tailed I headed into my clinical rotations and got a shot of reality to the gender inequality that still grossly exists. Medicine is still an “old boys club” you have to act like a “bro” to be accepted (for the most part). I can’t tell you the amount of times I’ve been asked if I was a nurse, and let me be extremely clear- being a nurse is amazing and but why does being female have to equate with being a nurse?! I’ve spent countless hours (working on 8 years now), tons of money (holy loans) and life experiences (where the heck did my 20’s go!?) to be where I am today. 4 years of undergrad, 4 years of medical school and 3 years minimum for residency. Here I stand- closer than ever to reaching my dream and so excited to see a social medical platform encouraging women in the medical field.” – Lara

I’m a 33 year old female surgeon. Yes the field is dominated by men, but now more and more women are becoming surgeons! Not only did I have to fight through 80 hour work weeks for years for my surgery training, but just to make shit more difficult, during my 4th year of medical school at the age of 25, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I took my boards a week later and said screw it I can do it. Then I took only 4.5 months off to do surgery, chemo and radiation. I kicked cancer’s ass and became a fucking surgeon too. I am now specializing in performing breast cancer surgery and love my job and love being an advocate for other women to keep kicking ass!” – Allison

I am a general surgery resident in Baltimore, MD. Out of our program of 42 residents, we have 23 females which is more than half of our future surgeons in our program! This is a rising trend in most general surgery programs in the country. Girl power!” – Natalia

“There are about 4,000 Firefighters that serve Los Angeles County. About 50 are women. I was hired last year with The Los Angeles County Fire Department. And I’m proud to add to that number along with my coworker. We go through the same competitive process as our male counter parts and are proud Firefighters of Los Angeles County. Thank you for recognizing us BOSS Betches.” – Jade

I am an interest rate derivatives trader at the largest asset manager in the world and graduated from an Ivy League university in engineering. The finance industry (as well as STEM education) is still male dominated and is something I am reminded of every day. I hope for more equal represented across all professional fields wether that be finance, marketing, human resources, medicine, politics, journalism, or engineering.” – Brooke

All through school and when you’re very young you’re always asked “what do you want to be when you grow up?” And usually I’d say something ridiculous like “I want to be a professional parachuter!!” Then comes the day you graduate from High School and you’d better have a clue be then. Guess what, I still didn’t know what I wanted to be, or do. I did know that I wanted to be a pilot. But it took 7 years for me to even realize that, yes, women can be pilots too. It’s not just for the men. I had just always assumed that much later in my life I’d earn my Private Pilot certificate and do it as a very expensive hobby. It never occurred to me that I could be paid to fly professionally. I realized in one fell swoop what I was going to go to University for, and I also realized that sexism is so engrained in our society that I, as a female, had subconsciously ‘agreed’ with this behavior and placed a very big limit on myself! Well not anymore. No ma’am. At the age of 25 I returned to school and enrolled in the Professional Piloting and Aviation Sciences program. I’m a pilot now and will be graduating in the spring of 2018! I’m so ready to climb that ladder and smash that glass ceiling!” – Rosanna

Ed note: Names have been changed for privacy purposes. Some emails have been edited for brevity.