Did you know that only 6% of pilots and 14% of engineers are women? It’s true. Clearly there are still a lot of arbitrary assumptions surrounding which jobs are for whom. In partnership with Olay, we’re here to help tell a different story—one about women who are trailblazing, persevering, and truly thriving in historically male-dominated careers. Through our collection of inspiring stories below, we want to spotlight what empowerment looks like and encourage women to pursue their dreams. This is Empowerment, IRL.

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Here's What A Week In The Life Of A Female Pilot Actually Looks Like

From air pressure changes and cramped quarters to bumpy rides and delays, airplane travel can by trying — so just imagine what it's like for the pilots who deal with it every single day. It’s about time we start thanking these real heroes behind our…
By Erin Kelly
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Why More Women Need To Pick Up Power Tools, According To A Female Contractor

Kate Campbell remembers her first day on a construction job site like it was yesterday. She walked toward a group of men with her head held high, tool belt on, knees shaking. And it was clear how — being the only woman on site — she stood out. As a…
By Erin Kelly
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How One Woman Broke In To Wine's "Boys Club" And Became A Sommelier

Women love wine — at least according to the informal survey I took of myself and every woman I’ve ever met. That’s why I was surprised to learn that the wine industry has historically been a male-dominated field, and today, just 10 percent of lead…
By Erin Kelly
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Olay Is Celebrating Women In Male-Dominated Jobs And We're So Here For It

Though I loved writing in high school and pursued journalism in college, I had mixed feelings about the field. I felt like all the major news anchors and journalists at the time were men two or three times my age. I didn’t feel like I could relate…
By Erin Kelly

How 'Blavity' Co-Founder Morgan DeBaun Became One Of The Most Important Women In Silicon Valley

Sure, everyone's got an idea for a startup or an app — the thing that would make them bank and give their name some luster — if only they followed through. Well, Morgan DeBaun and her Blavity co-founders actually followed through on their…
By Kelsea Stahler

Girl Bosses Are Good For Companies In More Ways Than One, According To Peterson Institute & EY Study

In news that likely won't surprise women much, an enlightening study has discovered that companies with greater gender diversity in their executive ranks have a better bottom line. In other words, putting women in leadership positions is a good…
By Julie Sprankles

How To Get Ahead In Your Career, According To People Who've Done It

When I was a college student, I was a pro at making plans. I picked my major, extracurricular activities, and career path all before I was even done with high school — I truly thought I had it all figured out. Upon graduating, I believed advancing…
By Iman Hariri-Kia

This Viral Thread Points Out Why We Need To Stop Policing Women Who Say “I Think” At Work

One of the things women often hear about their workplace communication is that they should avoid using hedging language, like "I think..." "I just wanted..." and "Sorry, but..." That kind of language suggests a lack of confidence and weakens an…
By Rebecca Fishbein

Why More Girls Don't Think They Can Be Leaders

How we raise girls today — as well as the millions of little messages we're sending them as they grow — matters more than ever, says a Harvard researcher, who released an eye-opening new study on gender bias this week. While working on the…
By Kaitlin Stanford

Little Girl Rocks Her First Aerobatic Flight

One of the coolest qualities about kids is their overall...newness, for lack of a better word. As adults, we develop snobbery and standards and before too long, it's almost impossible to impress us. Not the case for kids. Even blowing dandelions is…
By Beca Grimm

Check Out Arthel Neville's Empowering Accessories

Style with a message is arguably the most powerful trend of the year, from feminist tees to equality pins to bags that promote a cause. What you wear can be more expressive than ever, and it's a way to speak without actually having to talk. The…
By Alexa Tucker

Ayla Holdom Is The Only Female Helicopter Pilot On The UK Police Force, But She's Used To Breaking Barriers

Ayla served as a helicopter pilot in the Royal Air Force for 13 years and for seven of those years was an extremely proud member of the RAF Search and Rescue team (along with Prince William).​ ​Ayla ​now flies for the National Police Air Service.…
By Ayla Holdom

'Rogue One's' Female Pilots Are So Needed

For a while there, the Star Wars universe was a pretty male-heavy franchise. The original trilogy gave us the wonderful political leaders Princess Leia and Mon Mothma, the prequels brought us Queen Amidala, and last year's The Force Awakens gave us…
By Casey Cipriani

The First-Ever Female Enlisted Pilot Has Graduated From Air Force Training

Earlier in August, the first-ever female pilot enlisted in the Air Force graduated from the service's Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) Training — and made history in the process. Tech. Sgt. Courtney (the Air Force has only provided her first name…
By Sarah Friedmann

J. Law's All About Female Empowerment

Some people might not exactly be into Jennifer Lawrence’s hilarious brand of candor, but I absolutely love it. Whether she’s waxing poetic about her raging digestive issues or preaching against fat-shaming critics in the entertainment industry who…
By Kenya Foy

These Messages Of Female Empowerment Are Amazing

The 2015 Oscars had a huge feminist moment when Patricia Arquette's acceptance speech was about gender equality, but that was far from the only female empowerment going on during the big night. On the red carpet, Reese Witherspoon rallied for…
By Alyse Whitney

24 People Reveal The Best Career Advice They've Ever Gotten

For the third year in a row, Bustle's Upstart Awards are honoring young women who are doing incredible things in the realms of business, STEM, fashion and beauty, the arts, philanthropy, and beyond. Want to be an Upstarts honoree one day? Read on…
By Suzannah Weiss

What It's Really Like To Be Your Own Boss

Like many young women just out of college, I started my career in an entry- level position. I couldn't count on one hand how many superiors I had at the arts organization I worked for, and after a few years, juggling so many conflicting…
By Kristen Sollee

These Are The Most Important Leadership Skills

How to be a good leader is a question most of us wrestle with, especially when it comes to our professional lives. That's why it's interesting to explore what the most important leadership skills are — because while there are all different ways to…
By Marissa Higgins

Female CEOs Are Winning The Corporate World

Women are delivering outstanding financial results at some of the nation's largest companies, which are topping the stock market, according to Fortune's analysis. Despite the fact that women make up just five percent of all CEOs at Fortune 1000…
By Caitlin Mahon

7 Confidence Hacks To Leave You Feeling On Top Of The World

When I was in high school, a teacher suggested I take a dance class to improve my confidence. Someone else sneered at the suggestion, saying, "the way to put yourself out there is to just do it." But you can't "just" become confident, especially if…
By Suzannah Weiss

Charlize Theron To Produce & Star In Spy Drama

Here's a crazy thought: I think Charlize Theron might be a vampire. Have you noticed that she has looked exactly the same since 2003? Have you seen how much this woman does — producing, acting, philanthropy, activism? Does she sleep? No, because…
By Jordana Lipsitz

59 Female CEOS Reveal Their First Jobs — and How They Actually Led Them To Success

For the third year in a row, Bustle's Upstart Awards are honoring young women who are doing incredible things in the realms of business, STEM, fashion and beauty, the arts, philanthropy, and beyond. Want to be an Upstarts honoree one day? Read on…
By Sarah Fielding

15 Books To Read Before You Start Your New Job

If you've just graduated college and are about to begin your first hunt for a professional position, you might feel a bit like a fish out of water. All the rules your parents have taught you about resumes, cover letters, and job hunting in general…
By Kristian Wilson

11 Fashion Companies Run By Girl Bosses

International Women's Day 2017 may have passed, but that doesn't mean those ~girl power~ vibes have to go with it. If fashion is your passion or if shopping is your favorite pastime, you can give the cash you spend even more meaning by supporting…
By Alexa Tucker

Gillian Anderson is Killin' It

Gillian Anderson, how is it that you do what you do? Yours was a career of super-nerdery — The X-Files being at the top of that list. It should've been inevitable that you'd fall to the wayside like so many other '90s icons. But it's 2013 now, and…
By Alicia Lutes