Why we need Worrals (Pt 2)

When Frecks suggests that they ask permission from their Commanding Officer before plunging into their next adventure, Worrals replies: “He’d probably start raising all sorts of objections — you know, not the sort of work for girls, and all that sort of rot.” 

Has the RAF changed that much in the intervening seventy years? This week the case of Group Captain Wendy Williams suggests not. An Employment Tribunal found that she had been discriminated against by the RAF because she was a woman, being passed over for promotion in favour of a less well-qualified male colleague. Perhaps these attitudes are not entirely unconnected to the number of women in the most senior RAF grades: just 6 out of 470. But we think Worrals would have approved of Group Captain Williams for taking on the Top Brass…


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