When I was applying to engineering schools as a high school senior, I had no idea what I was in for. And the thing is, neither did any of my advisers. Unfortunately, this is the reality of many inner-city urban schools like the one I attended. When it comes to urban youth, we are not providing them with the tools to find success in STEM. But that can change.
When we think about truck drivers, construction workers, garbage collectors, plumbers, electricians, and other blue-collar work, few of us immediately imagine women performing these tasks. But there are many women who want to (and do!) work in non-traditional trades. Many people think we can’t perform these tasks, but I’m here to tell you that we can and we do!
STEM fields are perceived as male, no matter what statistics say. Even fields where women earn more than half of degrees awarded, such as in chemistry and math, are considered “male-dominated.” That’s incredible: Even when we are the majority, we are somehow in a field that does not belong to us. So what are some reasons why STEM needs women and women need STEM?
Safety should be a top priority when traveling! But if there is one thing I’m sure of, it’s that street harassment is a worldwide problem. So why do we continue to romanticize street harassment in Europe, while vilifying it when Black and Brown men are involved? It’s okay to feel uncomfortable when traveling, but if you want some real advice, let me help you out.
Mainstream feminists must listen to women of Color when they voice their struggles. I don’t believe feminisms is a monolithic movement, so I understand why some feminist groups and organizations focus their work on the issues that affect their immediate communities. But hear me out, and you’ll understand why immigration reform must be seen as a feminist issue foremost.
The topic of abortion is divisive for most people. Growing up in a culture where abortion is a taboo and illegal means that we don’t develop the vocabulary needed to organize. But how we approach the issue of abortion access with members of communities where speaking openly about abortion has dire consequences is key to change. It isn’t about what you and I believe. It’s about what women need.
Simply being a woman in a field that has historically been a “boy’s club” provides a unique challenge. In this episode, feminist blogger (and Civil Engineer!) Patricia Valoy joins Sandra Kim in a discussion of this challenge. Patricia will explain the potential roadblocks women may encounter, and will offer guidance based on her own experience with these issues.
Negative attitudes toward women make it difficult for us to break into male-dominated fields, and sometimes our fear of living up to gender stereotypes makes it difficult to see ourselves being successful where it seems like we don’t belong. Breaking into a male-dominated field is not impossible; staying in it is the real challenge.
I won’t lie: Being in a multicultural relationship has many challenges. You need to have an open mind and be willing to do things “the other way” when necessary. Yet attraction, love, and understanding are ultimately the only things a couple needs to survive. My relationship – like most relationships – is all about embracing the good, the bad, and the ugly.
I have firsthand experience with feeling alienated and stereotyped. I have been intimidated in meetings and presentations. And I have also been the intimidator.The belief that there is only space for one woman at the top transcends industries. We must remember that the boardroom is not a throne. There is space around every boardroom table for us – many of us. We just have to barge in as a team.