A pair of black women made history Mother's Day Weeked. Pilots For Alaska Airlines, Captain Tara Wright and First Officer Mallory Cave were part of the airlines' first Black women flight crew.
The ladies stepped out of the cockpit to talk to passengers and film a Facebook video before their Boeing 737’s takeoff.
The pilots realized they were about to make history, especially given that it’s rare to see an all-female flight team, and certainly not with women of color, on a major airline.
Alaska Airlines which was formed in 1932 and other airlines have struggled with representation of people of color. More than 72 percent of the airline industry employees are Caucasian and 60 percent of those are male, according to the Federal Bureau of Labor Statistics. 91 percent of pilots and 73 percent of flight attendants across all airlines are White. Just 9 percent of pilots are female which makes this especially remarkable.