I love to hear from my followers especially comments and feedback regarding published blog posts. I recently received a comment from Jenny (Hi Jenny) that in all honesty ruffled my feathers. The comment notification popped into my email account and whilst reading the opening sentence 'So don't agree with woman offshore.' - I initially thought it was a comment from a male follower, sorry for the assumption. This is my first critical and somewhat controversial piece of feedback I have received regarding being a female in the offshore energy sector. I am always proud to state within my press releases and interviews that sexual discrimination is something I am yet to experience - until now. I am genuinely shocked that my first encounter with female discrimination is from a fellow 'sheila'.
I have been brought up in a household of equal opportunities, I have my mother to thank for my offshore career choice as she initiated the idea. I have never been a feminist, I will never be a feminist but I will defend the place of females within the offshore energy sector. It is a male dominant industry but the offshore role is not a 'male role' this misconception needs to addressed and shifted. Offshore is about teamwork, your gender, sexuality or race dont come into the equation. Like I have said previously, I am not oblivious to the fact that I am not your stereotypical offshore worker, but that isn't to say that I am not suited to this line of work.
'A beautiful women is a beautiful women, but a beautiful women with a brain is an absolutely lethal combination' - Prabal Gurung
We live in a world where you can do both, having career does not make you selfish. There are so many hardworking women out there that successfully juggle a career and a family. My family is the most important thing to me in life and I want nothing more than to one day be a mother, just not yet. About 95% of the guys I work with have families and children that rely on them. People fail to appreciate that they are away from home, missing out on so much to provide for them. It is completely unfair to think of this acceptable for men but not for women.
So Jenny, thank you for your opinion and feedback it is much appreciated as always. Your comments have reinforced the importance and reasoning behind why I started the blog in the first place. Your negativism will not discourage me, working offshore is the best decision I have ever made and I am extremely proud of what I have achieved and I am excited about my future within the industry.