The Original Flygirl MayCay Beeler
MayCay Beeler is true trailblazer for the women’s empowerment movement. This record-breaking female pilot started a program specifically to empower women. Since currently only 5% of the pilot population is female, programs like this are absolutely necessary to inspire the next generation! Not only is MayCay a force to be reckoned with in the Aviation world, but she is also a #1 best-selling author on Amazon! Read more about our Ambassador MayCay and why she says pretty needs to stop being associated with weakness. What does the Never Too Pretty Movement mean to you?
The Never Too Pretty Movement is a wonderful way to spread the word that girls are stronger than society makes us out to be. We are more powerful than we know! Specifically- we are never too fragile, too feminine, too frivolous, or too dainty to achieve our dream- especially if it is in a male-dominated arena like piloting an airplane. The movement affirms that the term “pretty” is often equated with a trait of not being tough enough to participate in male roles. We need to stop associating “pretty” with weakness or being less than. The movement empowers us by giving gals permission to think outside the box.
Why did you want to become a brand ambassador?
As a founding pilot of my unique signature flight program, “The Diva Flight Experience”, which empowers women through aviation, I enjoy being an ambassador because it helps me spread the word about female empowerment even further- reaching far beyond the cockpit. I believe in Cary and her mission, and wish to help her inspire as many gals as possible.
How do you "live" the movement of female empowerment?
I live the movement of female empowerment leading by example. I walk the talk. I work hard and passionately to achieve my goals, no matter how difficult or how many males dominate it. As a record-breaking female pilot, Airline Transport Pilot, and FAA Chief Flight Instructor leading an all-male staff of Instructor Pilots, I work in an office (the cockpit) that has long been a boy’s club. Only 5% of the pilot population is female. By example, I am showing our next generation of female pilots that a woman’s place is in the cockpit.
What drives you to show others that women are just as capable as men?
This is all about passion. If you have a strong desire or dream in your heart, you also have the means to accomplish it. I have been blessed with a love of aviation. This joy ignites my motivation to step up to the plate and make my life count. I never considered myself to be exceptional. It’s not about being smart enough or gifted enough- its really all about wanting something bad enough to do what it takes to succeed. I never dreamed I would become a record-breaking pilot and 8x award-winning Amazon #1 best-selling author of a true crime book. I never imagined I would become the person I am today- a woman I am proud to be- and I want other gals to know there are no limits for them, either.
Have you had any unique challenges as a woman in business, sports, etc?
The unique challenge about being in a male-dominated business is fitting in with the boys. I grew up with a brother so I was a bit of a girly-girl Tomboy anyway, so this wasn’t hard. It wasn’t until the recent #MeToo Movement came out that I realized I had encountered inappropriate circumstances that adjusted my flight path. I didn’t think much about them at the time. One such incident I was offered a job as a copilot on a private jet. When the Captain insisted I sleep in the same hotel room with him on layovers, I quickly decided this was NOT the job for me. I protested. He insisted. I quit. There were other similar situations where I walked away from unwanted sexual advances, leaving me jobless for a while. I am happy to say that most of my aviation work has welcomed me with open arms- regardless of my gender.
Do you have any stories or experiences about having to overcome biases in your life?
Because I am a leggy blonde, some folks underestimate my intelligence. At a national aviation convention, I was working as an anchorwoman hosting news segments. A group of audience members/businessmen and women commented on how they couldn’t believe a prestigious aviation organization would hire a ditsy blonde (me) to host the TV show. That’s when an organizer disclosed my advanced pilot credentials. Jaws dropped and apologies were in order. I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry.
I have finally learned, after decades of living, it matters not what people think. Its what you think about yourself. Life is what you make it. You get in life what you have the courage to ask for. Life is a one-time deal. Use it wisely. Its okay to fail. Just don’t give up.
Please share your best piece of advice for inspiring the next generation:
The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are.