Cheers to Capt. Deborah McCoy. Yesterday, Continental Airlines
named McCoy as the carrier's first senior vice president of flight
operations, putting the DC-10 pilot in charge of Continental's
5,200 pilots and 8,700 flight attendants.
The odds against a woman being named to the newly created post
are staggering: A paltry 2.1% of Continental's active pilots are
female. And that figure jibes pretty closely with the national
Yeah, it's going to be great when we don't celebrate a woman
getting a job because that job is normally reserved for a man. And
yes, it will be nice when Rupert Everett's name appears in a
sentence without the words "openly gay actor" pushed against it.
And maybe someday even racism will leave us in peace.
But in today's world, Deborah McCoy's achievement is monumental.
It should be celebrated. We salute you, Capt. McCoy.