Houston Maritime Museum Industry Lecture Series: Women Sustaining a Maritime Career: Identifying Attitudinal and Structural Impediments
Women are an integral part of the maritime industry but often face challenges. This presentation will outline factors and practices that help female maritime executives succeed and remain in the industry. These factors encompass compensation, lifestyle requirements, and intrinsic career rewards and are generalizable to all women executives.
The "WARS" model proposed here of wealth, appreciation, risk, and sacrifice reconciles the needs of maritime women. This model is tested through a survey of the Women's International Shipping and Trading Association members. We find that equitable and sufficient pay, mentoring and sponsorship, and a sustainable work week provide the female maritime professional with resources to overcome some of the unique challenges for women in this industry.