Masterflight Launches Campaign
to End Structural Racism and Sexism in the Aerospace Workforce and Academia
Fighting to end racism and sexism, Masterflight Foundation is leading a call to action to achieve the proportional representation of women and people of color in the aerospace workforce and academia.
When President Obama addressed the NAACP, he said: “The steepest barriers are not prejudice and discrimination, but the structural inequalities that our nation’s legacy of discrimination has left behind.”
Manifestations of overt discrimination in the aerospace workforce and academia like the Tuskegee Airmen, the WASPs, or the quota that limited one woman for every ten men in the Civilian Pilot Training Program; and the reality of women and people of color being denied access to universities and faculty positions as a matter of policy, have largely been eradicated. However, structural inequalities remain a reality in the aerospace workforce and academia.
We use the concept of structural racism and sexism in the aerospace workforce and academia because it means:
- Recognizing how history and culture have allowed the privilege to participate in the aerospace workforce and academia connected to being white and male, and the disadvantages of color and womanhood to endure, adapt and accumulate over time;
- Understanding how public policies and institutional practices intersect and produce disproportionate gender and racial participation in the aerospace workforce and academia;
- Examining how the assumptions and stereotypes embedded in the dominant culture of the aerospace workforce and academia serve to legitimize and popularize these disparities.
The launch of our Campaign will target the top 100 universities and top 50 aerospace companies to dismantle this structural phenomenon.
We will use the findings from Inside Aerospace 2009 International Forum for Aviation and Space Leadersas our plan-of-action.
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