MEET BELINDA BENNET, THE FIRST BLACK FEMALE CRUISE SHIP CAPTAIN
Worldwide, the proportion of female officers is only 5.4%. However, Belinda Bennet thought it a noble cause to increase that percentage by becoming the First Black Female Cruise Ship Captain. Born on a small island by the name of St. Helena (between South America and South Africa).
She had her start at 17 years old, as she operated a small boat to get people from her island to other islands. She has been with the MSY Wind Star for the past 14 years. Her climb to the top wasn’t easy though. During her training as a cadet, her chief officers made her journey difficult by making her do more than other cadets. However, this didn’t stop her.
In 2016, Belinda became captain of the ship that sails through the Caribbean in winter and Europe in summer.
“I had goals in life, which I’ve succeeded at, and I’m a very strong woman. Being a woman, you have to work extra hard to prove yourself — even more than a man. Some men might not like that, but that’s the way it is. I’m driven. I wanted to be captain, and so, I am,” Belinda told Forbes.
So, when it comes to inspiring her female staffers, Belinda constantly says to them: “When you put your mind to something, and you really want something, you will work for it. And if you really really want it, no matter what obstacles come in your way, you can overcome those obstacles.”