Tell us your story.
I was a telephone technician and climbed telephone poles.
As a young girl I had an aptitude for math and a natural curiosity for science. I not only wanted to learn, but I wanted to understand how the world around me worked. Back then, the world's technology was changing from vacuum tubes to printed circuit board analog technology. And then, almost overnight, all that changed as the world zoomed towards satellite digital technology!
Opportunities that my mother and grandmother could never have imagined became available to girls and we caught the wave of technology. There seemed to be layers to what a girl could do, from real life astronauts like Sally Ride to fictional characters like the Bionic Woman, played by actress Lindsey Wagner.
Seeing women on television inspired me. The message was clear-- we could have both a career and a life outside the lab. Girl Power!
What advice to you have to share with other women and young girls?
Technology doesn’t care about people, so it is extremely important that we help one another. We must collaborate, use open source education that is both engaging and portable. An intergenerational bartering of knowledge for experience, as young girls practice cutting edge technology in their communities, to ensure that no one is left behind.
Women in a digital culture must strive to “BE” that difference in the world.
Pass it on!
I'm on it! This campaign is an example of how other women can inspire you, go ahead, read these stories and motivate yourself; whether you decide to get into a STEM career or pursue a new goal in your life (even non-techie), I support you, and I tell you: YOU CAN DO IT!