The Cockpit vs The Kitchen, MJ Hegar
When MJ Hegar applied for pilot training, a commander asked her who was going to take care of the kids while she worked. Her response was perfect.
MJ HEGAR: When you apply to be selected for pilot training, you have to interview with your whole chain of command. At the time, I was married to a man who had already been selected for pilot training, so the group commander that I interviewed with actually said, you're definitely our top maintenance officer. You're kicking butt. But you're married to someone who's going to pilot training, and who's going to support him throughout his career? Who's going to take care of y'all's kids?
For that to have stopped me, I was furious. I went to my squadron commander very angry and told them what happened. And I, you know, I said, what should I do? And he called the colonel, and I'll never forget-- I was in the basement in my office. And he came down before a flight, and everybody stood up. And he was like, I just wanted to come down here and personally I tell you I was wrong. I'm really sorry. I'm recommending you as number one, and we'll bump you to the next level.