Today we celebrate International Women’s Day, a worldwide initiative to recognize women for their achievements, regardless of their area of expertise. Women play an important role in every sector and walk of life, and today is the day that we take a moment to acknowledge the vital role that humans who identify as women play in our society.
At Prince of Whales we have a unique perspective to offer due to the fact that our industry has traditionally been male dominated. When you think of a marine worker, chances are you’re picturing a salty man, young or old, but almost certainly with a beard. And while having a beard is definitely a huge benefit for keeping your face warm, turns out it does not actually qualify you to operate a boat!
Prior to the 1900’s, women on boats were quite rare, and often considered bad luck. The most common incidents of women on vessels involved being married to, or daughter of, the captain, or else a case of false identity, as many women would sneak aboard for work, pretending to be men. Either way, these women were not permitted in leadership roles. There are notable exceptions of course,