U.S. Navy Captain Amy Bauernschmidt has broken the glass ceiling by becoming the first woman in history to command a nuclear aircraft carrier.
This isn't the first time Bauernschmidt has made history. In 2016, she became the first female executive officer of a nuclear aircraft carrier, the USS Abraham Lincoln. As such, she was second-in-command of a crew of about 5,000 people.
Bauernschmidt graduated from the Naval Academy in 1994, the same year women were allowed to serve on combat ships and planes.
‘That law absolutely changed my life,’ Bauernschmidt told CBS News in 2018. ‘We were the first class that graduated knowing and feeling honored with the privilege to be able to go serve along the rest of our comrades in combat.’
After receiving her wings as a naval aviator in 1996, Bauernschmidt has accumulated more than 3,000 flight hours in naval helicopters aboard various aircraft carriers throughout her career, according to her official Navy biography.
A metaphor representing an invisible barrier that prevents a given demographic (typically applied to women) from rising beyond a certain level in a hierarchy.
The most senior person after the commander.
The second-in-command (2IC) is nominated to take command in the event of the commander's absence.
One swallow does not make a summer, neither does one fine day; similarly one day or brief time of happiness does not make a person entirely happy.-- Aristotle