Not just toys for boys – the role of ‘women in drones’
There are many industries where the role of women is often discussed. Professions such as musicians, engineers and those working in construction, for example, are stereo typically male dominated industries, meaning that the role of women entering this marketplace is often analysed and scrutinised. While women have come a long way since the cultural expectations of our bygone eras, there are still certain areas of the workplace that raise some questions and we are a long way off a completely equal distribution of male and female workers in some professional fields.
Although it is a relatively new career path, the drone sector has fallen into this category where male workers are by far more commonly seen than females, perhaps due to its roots in technology, computing and engineering. However, that’s not to say that they aren’t operating within the industry, and they certainly aren’t doing so quietly!
Dr Karen Joyce and Dr Catherine Ball are both scientists, researchers and drone pilots that launched She Flies last year. Based in Australia, this organisation aims to encourage more women to engage in the world of UAVs. With a series of courses and programmes, supported by local schools and communities, She Flies gives young females the practical skills and theoretical knowledge needed to enter a career using a drone, ready for the workforce of the future. This is great news, and if similar organisations like She Flies continue to appear across the world, future females in the drone industry are set to become a strong force.
However, even now there are many women operating within the industry, joining forces to help each other navigate in the somewhat challenging environment. An example of this was seen at the InterDrone conference, where a Women in Drones Luncheon was arranged, inviting around 180 women to discuss their experiences of working within the commercial UAV sector. This is triple the amount of those that attended the luncheon last year. Although just a small example, it shows that not only does encouraging collaboration and communication give confidence to women in drones, but it also suggests that, as the years go by more women are in fact entering the market.
While women may still remain a minority in the UAV sector, many female pilots and women in the industry have had huge successes in the area, becoming CEO’s, legal experts and trusted voices in the field.
At UAVAir, we continue to support this growing industry and actively encourage both men, and women, to take part and to engage in this technology. If you want to get to grips with UAVs, get in touch with a member of the UAVAir team today.