Boeing’s chief of communications on Thursday 2nd July 2020, resigned abraptly after an employee complained about an article he wrote 33 years ago.
Mr. Neil Golightly had written an article arguing that women should not serve in combat.
The article titled “No Right to Fight” according an excerpt on US Naval Institute did not address the issue of whether women can fire M – 60s dogfight MiGs, or drive tanks but rather argued that introducing women into the combat would destroy the exclusive male intangibles of war fighting and feminine images of what men fight for – peace, home and family.
His exit comes at a crucial time when the world’s largest aerospace and leading manufacturer of commercial jetliners suffers critism over the grounding safety of it’s MAX jetliner.
Mr. Neill Golightly.
In October 2018 and March 2019 two of it’s plane crushed killing over 300 passengers.
In an email seen by Reuters on Thursday, Golightly told the staff that exclusion of women at times was government policy and which is broadly supported in society.
Mr. Neill said that his article was a 29-year-old Cold War navy pilot’s misguided contribution to a debate that was live at the time.
“My argument was embarrassingly wrong and offensive. The article is not a reflection of who I am; but nonetheless I have decided that in the interest of the company I will step down,” Golightly said.
Mr. Neill departures after six months on the job, during which he was said to be introducing weeping changes.
His exit was promoted by the border review of internal anonymous ethics complaint that flagged his article and subsequently mounted pressure from Boeing members.
Recent reports reveal that U.S employers have been more responsive to complaints related to sex and racial quality and diversity.
The company is in the run to improving diversity through the women in it’s executive council after it dropped from five to two since the beginning of 2019 according to Boeing’s annual reports and website.