This Female Airline Pilot Shares The Moment She Got Fed Up With 'Woman Driver' Jokes

This Female Airline Pilot Shares The Moment She Got Fed Up With 'Woman Driver' Jokes

There are some stereotypes that exist for a reason and are funny to point out that don’t really harm anybody: like all French people wear scarves.

So when Jerry Seinfeld had Gad Elmaleh on an episode of Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee and noticed he was wearing a scarf, he went on a whole thing about it and it was great, both him and Gad had a wonderful laugh about it.

Finding what’s truly funny about a stereotype in a comedy bit, however, is one thing, especially when a lot of people perceive it to be true. But then there are stereotypes that are just not true and the only reason people refer to them or bring them up are in a cheap attempt to be funny. One such stereotype is the misconception that women are statistically worse drivers than men.

As it turns out though, that perception is categorically false. Now any subject matter could be made fun of, even this unfair stereotype, but what makes this one particularly harmful was highlighted by this airline pilot who shared her experiences of dealing with snarky remarks from passengers who all made the same joke, more or less, about the fact that she was flying the plane and not a man.

Her response to the jokes were on the money: she’s qualified to fly a really, really, expensive commercial airliner, while the people cracking jokes to her are just qualified to keep their seatbelts on until the overhead light turns off.

Charlotte admits that the jokes never really bothered her or got her to think past the lame quip until a fellow crew member got upset.

Charlotte believes that this nonchalant attitude people have towards women attempting careers in male-dominated fields is exactly what so few women become pilots or enroll in STEM programs.

She admitted that her own feelings aren’t of anger or frustration, she’s just sad that the world is still full of people who think it’s OK to say that to a woman who is clearly qualified to do her job.

Charlotte’s tweets quickly went viral, and it got other people sharing their own annoying run-ins with people who felt the need to belittle the work female pilots do.

Like this one guy’s wife who flew for the military but still gets belittled by passengers when she flies.

Other people thought that Charlotte’s response to passengers was perfect and told her not to go too hard on them.

And there were some other people who offered up some suggestions as to how Charlotte should respond next time.

As it turns out, Charlott’s captain had some choice words for some passengers.

Obviously, it’s not just in the airline industry where women face prejudice when it comes to dealing with men.

But since Charlotte was talking about flying planes, there were people pointing out that yes, it’s not uncommon for women to be incredible pilots. Like this guy’s daughter.

Hearing a female captain’s voice also has a profound effect on some passengers, saying it sets an example for every woman on the flight.

So the next time you want to make a joke about stereotypically bad drivers, make sure that you’re at least picking the right demographic to make fun of.

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Rick And Morty's Co-Creator Demands Fans Stop Harassing Female Writers

Rick and Morty is a very popular animated sci-fi show currently in its third season. The previous two seasons have had an all male writing staff. This year, however, the show added four women to it’s staff and for the first time ever had an equal balance between men and women. 

For whatever reason, this upset a great number of fans. They’ve taken to harassing these women online, including posting public information about them, like their home addresses. 

Entrainment Weekly asked one of the show’s co-creators, Dan Harmon, what he thought of the controversy and the always out-spoken Dan Harmon had a lot to say

Even before the season began, Harmon talked about how having four women in the room was helpful for the show because it offered a new perspective and allowed them to write better storylines for their female characters. 

Even despite Harmon saying that he likes having women write on the show and most fans agreeing that season three has been the strongest season yet, there is still a very vocal minority who feels the need to harass these women. However, now that Harmon has brought these issues into the spotlight the rest of the fanbase is also pointing out why the trolls are wrong. 

Rick and Morty airs Sundays at 10. So watch the show, and fight the trolls. 

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Elizabeth Banks Blasts Steven Spielberg For Never Casting Female Leads–Twitter Corrects Her

Actress Elizabeth Banks might think to research a bit more before she criticizes a director.

During Wednesday night’s Women in Film Crystal + Lucy Awards, at which Banks was honored for her work directing Pitch Perfect 2, the actress called out Steven Spielberg, saying, “I went to Indiana Jones and Jaws and every movie Steven Spielberg ever made. And by the way, he’s never made a movie with a female lead. Sorry, Steven. I don’t mean to call your ass out, but it’s true.”

Banks continued her speech by encouraging the audience to go to movies featuring women, which is a noble and valid point.

But while Spielberg’s movies have mostly starred male actors, Banks missed a few important films in her criticism, most notably The Color Purple, which starred Whoopi Goldberg and was nominated for 11 Oscars, including Best Picture.

Twitter noticed the slight. And they weren’t happy about it.

Other Spielberg films with female leads include the 1974 Goldie Hawn-led The Sugarland Express, and last year’s The BFG, which featured young actress Ruby Barnhill.

While those films could have slipped Banks’ mind, forgetting “The Color Purple” didn’t do the actress any favors:

Many on Twitter felt that Banks was only thinking of herself:

Some got what Banks was going for, but they still called her out:

But for many, it was the first they’d heard of Elizabeth Banks:

Something good could still come of the gaffe:

Banks later apologized.

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You're Less Likely To Die If You Have A Female Doctor, According To Science

While the field of medicine was once dominated by men, female physicians now make up about one-third of the physician work force — and over half of all medical school graduates are women.

As it turns out, research suggests that men and women practice medicine differently — and one group is having more success than the other. 

A new study, published in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine, found that female doctors working in hospitals have lower 30-day patient mortality and readmission rates.

What, exactly, does that mean? Well, according to according to researchers at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, patients with female physicians are less likely to die. 

Scientists reviewed 1.5 million 30-day hospitalizations of elderly Medicare patients taking place between 2011 and 2014. Within that time period, patients treated by female physicians had lower mortality rates than patients with male physicians (11.07 and 11.49 percent, respectively). Patients treated by female doctors also had lower readmission rates (15.02 percent compared to 15.57 percent). 

While the percentage differences between patient groups may seem insignificant, the number of lives affected is, indeed, significant. 

According to the study’s authors, “32,000 fewer patients would die if male physicians could achieve the same outcomes as female physicians [each year].”

And how do we account for the gap in quality of care? Previous studies have found that female doctors are more likely to follow clinical guidelines, offer preventative care, and recommend psychological counseling to patients. 

But more research will be necessary to determine the specifics. “Understanding exactly why these differences in care quality and practice patterns exist may provide valuable insights into improving quality of care for all patients, irrespective of who provides their care,” the study’s authors wrote. 

Despite the difference in patient outcomes, female doctors are still paid less, on average, than male doctors.  

In an editorial piece accompanying the study, doctors from the University of California, San Francisco noted that female academic physicians are also less likely to ascend to the rank of full professor than men.

However, some doctors believe that these new findings will catalyze equal pay for women. 

With an ever-increasing focus on pay for performance, women are likely to begin making more money in the field — eventually narrowing the gender wage gap plaguing medicine. 

As the doctors wrote in their editorial: 

These findings that female internists provide higher quality care for hospitalized patients yet are promoted, supported, and paid less than male peers in the academic setting should push us to create systems that promote equity in start-up packages, career advancement, and remuneration for all physicians.

(h/t nymag)

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