While it is easy to say “women can do anything a man can do”, the slogan feels empty when considering that many challenging and interesting jobs are male-dominated. After all, you can’t be what you can’t see. Which is why it is always heartening and emboldening to hear stories of women smashing the glass ceiling to pave the way for others to fall into their footsteps, and closer to hope. Captain Monika Anggreini of AirAsia is one of the trailblazers of this movement.
Even though piloting has always been considered a man’s job, this does not prevent Monika from pursuing her dreams to become a pilot. She started her career’s journey by joining Indonesia AirAsia as a pilot in 2005 and became a captain for the airline in 2014, making her the first female captain of the AirAsia airline. Originally written in Bahasa Indonesia, her book is now available in English and chronicles the challenges Monika faced in her journey to become a female pilot, and the courage she had to muster, to continue on to become a captain.
Along with Tony Fernandes’s Flying High and Captain Lim Khoy Hing’s Sky Tales, Captain Monika Anggreini’s Iron Bird Monika is a welcome addition to local aviation literature that proves in the world of aviation – only the sky is the limit.
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