Meet the Denver woman who is the first African-American female airline captain
DENVER — A Denver airline pilot is breaking barriers and the glass ceiling as the first female African-American captain for a major U.S. carrier.
Captain M’Lis Ward is based in Denver, flying the Airbus A320 for United Airlines. She hopes generations of young women will follow her flight path at a time when the industry faces a pilot shortage.
“Every now and then you’ll see some little girl come up to you or their parents -; ‘Look, she’s a pilot.’ That kind of makes me proud,” said Ward.
Her confidence in the cockpit comes in part from her mother.
“My mom was the first black woman to graduate the University of Chicago medical school,” said Ward. “When you see a mom can accomplish something like that, you think I can do anything.”
She was also part of a championship basketball…
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