Author Archives: stemzandroses

About stemzandroses

I'm an engineer and writer with a built-in need to share my nearly 40 years of experience working in a male-dominated field with the rest of the world.

Motivation to Finish

During my early morning browsing of my Facebook newsfeed I came across this story: http://newsok.com/stem-student-is-breaking-tradition-at-eoc-tech/article/5537178 It’s a wonderful story of a young woman’s spirit and drive to pursue her goals in spite of being the lone female in the high … Continue reading

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Begin Again – a Retrospective

I decided to wrap up my 39 years in engineering this month. It turns out it was not too hard of a decision to make. Financially, I’m able to support myself although that wasn’t the main reason I left. Engineering … Continue reading

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What’s a “Gal” to do?

I received an email from my senior manager the other day, as did a number of males and females on distribution. He informed us that he was going to be meeting with the “Capital gals” that afternoon and would keep … Continue reading

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Embracing ‘Bossy’

A few weeks ago I presented the keynote speech to the University of Oklahoma Society of Women Engineers’ Collegiate Section. Their theme this year was “Bossy: Be the Boss”, a take off from Sheryl Sandburg’s Lean In effort to Ban … Continue reading

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Space is back, baby!

I was fortunate to catch the movie ‘Gravity’ this weekend, in 3D, of course. The movie stars Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, who are two of my favorites. But it wasn’t the ‘star’ power that caught me, it was the … Continue reading

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The Old Day Attitudes are Back!

I’m still fuming for a friend who had ‘one of those’ experiences with a male co-worker. The new hire had an arrogant tone about him and he didn’t go out of his way to work with ‘Linda’ (not her real … Continue reading

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Another Plug for Space

I think we’ve reached saturation. I listened to both the local and national news this afternoon. Protests, anniversaries of gun shootings, accidental deaths, and celebrity deaths all made the news. Only on Facebook did I see some mention of an … Continue reading

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