women in engineering

We are interested in the education and work of women as engineers. There seem to be a couple of big road blocks for getting young people, and girls in particular, to become engineers. I would like to understand how women engineers happen. Perhaps there are some things that educators and mentors can do to encourage and support more of those potential engineers.

What did you know in middle school or high school that got you started down this path? How come you weren’t put off? What motivated you to get through the requirements – most of which sound pretty dull and/or scarey to high school kids and their guidance counselors? What were some of the successes along the way that kept you going through the coursework?