Passing of A Woman Pioneer In Aviation

Marilyn Brooks, who was the first woman to become a fully-licensed dispatcher at a major US airline, has passed on at 92, after a brief illness.

Starting as a secretary, Marilyn had no concept of a “glass ceiling”… and neither did her employer, Braniff International. In the 1970s, entering what was then a fully male-dominated sector, she made short order of any initial gender push-back, and became an example of opening all positions to all comers, based on merit.

Most folks never knew of Marilyn Brooks… but her example is one that helped advance the airline industry.