I am giving a talk tonight at Cal Poly, San Luis Obsipo Aerospace Engineering Graduation Banquet. It is taking place at the same restaurant where I had my graduation so many years ago, Madonna Inn.
Why was I invited to give this talk?
It is because I was the first woman ever to graduate from that department.
Over the years, from being the only women in my classes and at work, I saw more women join the ranks as engineers. But women still continue to avoid engineering as a career.
Surprising, since it is a great desk job, pay extremely well and has a lot of flexibility. It is easier to integrate with a home life and having children than are many other careers.
My company Loral has been exceedingly supportive over the years when I had young children and did not want to work full time.
But yet, women continue to be afraid of it. Why?