Former Lt. Commander Linda Maloney

The U.S. Navy argued for years that combat missions were too dangerous for women, but it wasn't concerned with us flying the oldest aircraft in the military!” Fifteen years after retiring from a 20-year career as a Naval Flight Officer, former Lt. Commander Linda Maloney is still baffled…

Warrant Officer Erika

Warrant Officer Erika is one of the very few female firearms' instructors in the French Army. And she didn't get there by chance. “You have to go for it, you have to dare,” she stresses, “and, as a woman, you have to be prepared to always prove more things, be prepared to be looked at by everybody and judged much more than a man is…

Justine

Orange is not a colour that suits many people. But Justine wears her orange boiler-suit proudly because it shows that she is involved in flight testing. From pilot to engineer, all those involved in flight testing wear orange so that should things go horribly wrong and they have to eject from the aircraft, rescuers will find them more easily…

Colonel Anne-Cécile Ortemann

Colonel Anne-Cécile Ortemann will, this summer, be promoted to General, only the third woman in the history of the French Army to obtain this rank. You will have to address her as “Madame le général” rather than “Madame la générale” “because rank has no sex” she says…

Lisa Åbom

Lisa Åbom is amongst the top female executives in Swedish defence company Saab. She’s the chief technology officer for aeronautics, a position created a year ago that she is the first to hold. At the end of our 45-minute conversation I’ve understood that this charming woman has an iron fist inside a velvet glove…

Alexis Blasselle

Alexis (silent -s) designs warships. Always has done. As a child she covered pages with colourful drawings of them. But, unlike any of the other women I’ve portrayed to date, she was a failure at school which is hard to imagine when chatting with this extremely articulate, vivacious, sporty young woman whose mind works as fast as quicksilver…