‘The Bachelor’s’ Rachel Discusses Being a Woman in a Male-Dominated Industry Like Aviation
Fans are getting to know Rachel on Clayton Echard’s season of “The Bachelor” and have heard about her career as a pilot.
Rachel has spoken to Clayton about her dream job, and now she’s opening up about aviation even more on the “Click Bait with Bachelor Nation” podcast.
According to Women in Aviation, as of 2021, only around 5 to 8 percent of all pilots are women.
And Rachel opened up about what it’s like being a woman in an extremely male-dominated industry.
She started off telling the “Click Bait” co-hosts, “Being a woman in a male-dominated career, there are so many moments, too many to count, where I felt silenced and had to speak up for myself. It’s rough out there.”
Rachel shared specific instances when she felt belittled by her male pilot counterparts, which started very early on in her career in aviation.
The Bachelor Nation star said, “I remember a specific instance when I was a freshman and had just started out and a guy in my class turned around and said to me, ‘You haven’t dropped out yet?’ Small moments like that have been tough, and I’ve always had to be a step ahead because I can’t make the same mistakes as everyone else.”
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Rachel explained, “If you make mistakes, people would say, ‘Oh, of course Rachel made that mistake and did that.’ Even to this day, when night one of ‘The Bachelor’ aired, these guys from my old flight school made a video making fun of me. You always have to deal with a bit of criticism no matter what.”
Rachel shared that she’s grown to have a thick skin thanks to countless encounters like these.
She said, “It was tough to see, but you can ask any woman in this field or any male-dominated field, it’s just something you have to push through and deal with. I try to take it with grace and do the best I can.”
“Click Bait” co-host Natasha Parker chimed in, telling Rachel that she’s “better than me!” because she said she would be calling out those men left and right.
Natasha said, “Coming from a corporate background, I had to pull a few men over and say, ‘Hold on. Wait a second.’ But I hope you feel empowered because you are an inspiration for other women in a male-dominated field. The fact that you didn’t drop out and you’re still going for this dream, we’re seeing it so much more with so many women who are doing it all, like getting married, having kids, and following their career dreams.”
And Rachel shared that getting married and having kids has always been a dream of hers, but that doesn’t mean she had to give up her dream of being a pilot as well.
The Bachelor Nation star said, “I feel like a lot of women get put in a box where you can’t have both, and I always wanted both. I always wondered why I couldn’t have a family and my career. The first thing people say to me in this career when I tell them I’m a pilot is, ‘Oh, so you don’t want a family and you don’t want to get married?’ They just put you in that category, but finding a supportive partner is really important to me.”
To hear more of Rachel’s conversation on the “Click Bait with Bachelor Nation” podcast, check out the full episode below.
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