Capt. Deborah McCoy


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 average.

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.


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