Inspiring Women To Make An Impact For Women’s History Month March 24, 2021 LinkedIn, Thought Leadership Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn When you combine boundless enthusiasm and a passion for flying, you get my late Grandma Pat who was a pioneer in aviation for women. Pictured above in 1976 (left) with her best friend and racing partner, Marilyn Copeland, my Grandma Pat was known as Wichita’s first lady of aviation. She helped pave the way for female aviators around the globe – she served as President of the Ninety-Nines and was instrumental in helping to establish their headquarters. Pat was a corporate pilot for several years, served as an aviation safety counselor to the FAA, and was the driving force behind Wichita Aeronautical Historical Association. “She was a role model for [young pilots],” Loretta Gragg, the late director of the Ninety-Nines said. “I think Pat was an inspiration to everyone who came in contact with her.” Pat, like so many women before her, also had to overcome gender bias in the workplace. Related The Present and Future Is for Woman-Owned Businesses [Contributed Blog] And I know firsthand. I’ve been called feisty, bratty, direct, bossy – the list goes on and on. Any other females out there with me? If I were a male, I’d be called determined and decisive. I haven’t been called those things in years, but when I first started my professional career, I experienced firsthand the gender bias that many women face. So why do we label women who are full of ambition and get stuff done? For Women’s History Month, I want to bring to light the importance of encouraging women to be their authentic selves without giving them a “label.” To not be afraid to leave a legacy and positive impact on whatever industry they are in. Even though my grandma Pat passed before I was born, I strive every day to approach everything that I do with the same tenacity and passion she had. Here’s to all the female pioneers paving the way for women to forge ahead in their careers. The sky’s the limit. Happy Women’s History Month. For even more valuable insights, be sure to subscribe to my weekly newsletter, LinkedIn Insiders. I share the latest trends and updates, and how to leverage LinkedIn to its full potential. Join Mandy’s Weekly LinkedIn Insiders Newsletter Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn aviation for women, encouragement, inspiration, inspiring women, Women's History Month Connect With Me on LinkedIn Mandy McEwen Follow Me on Twitter: Tweets by MandyModGirl Read my latest posts See all posts All Branding Social Media Marketing LinkedIn Thought Leadership Advice For Brands Looking To Utilize Social Media Influencers In 2021 For years, brands large and small have been benefiting from influencer marketing, but with a lot of speculation about how influences will continue to evolve,… Continue reading The Importance Of Thought Leadership On LinkedIn Why bother with thought leadership? Is it necessary? My answer: 👉 If you want to be a leading force in your industry, yes. 👉 If… Continue reading I Didn’t Know I Was Creating A “Personal Brand.” I didn’t know I was creating a “personal brand.” I was simply doing what was necessary if I wanted to write my own checks. Sink… Continue reading Comments Leave a Comment cancel Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.