Top Boeing official resigns over sexist article published decades ago
Boeing says its communications chief is out after half a year on the job.
Niel Golightly resigned after a complaint surfaced about an article he wrote in 1987 about whether women should serve in combat.
Golightly argued against women going to war, stating that having women on the battlefield would "mortally disorient" their male comrades.
Boeing says it does not agree with the views expressed in the article.
An excerpt of the piece is still visible on the U.S. Naval Institute’s website.
Golightly said he wrote the piece when he was a 29-year-old navy pilot. He called it "misguided."
"My argument was embarrassingly wrong and offensive," he said in a statement released by Boeing.
"The dialogue that followed its publication 33 years ago quickly opened my eyes, indelibly changed my mind, and shaped the principles of fairness, inclusion, respect and diversity that have guided my professional life since," the statement continues.
Golightly denies that the article is a reflection of his character, but said that he decided to step down "in the interest of the company."
Boeing’s leadership has emphasized a zero tolerance for racism, sexism, or harassing behavior in recent weeks.