What are some of the biggest challenges facing women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields?
"I believe it is very natural to feel safety in numbers, so being a minority group often makes it difficult to propose ideas that get the support of the larger group. At the same time, overcoming that challenge means learning how to communicate to others without allowing our differences to become an issue."
- Jennifer Humphreys, AICP, Senior Transportation Planner
"It’s a struggle trying to find your voice at times...I feel like I need to be confident in my technical abilities and knowledge on my projects to earn trust and respect of the people I am working with."
- Colleen E. Heath, PE, Environmental Engineer
"It’s always important to listen, but it’s harder for women to learn when it’s important to speak up and be assertive. And even harder to know when you should not back down. Navigating that gray area is tough."
- Karen Kelley, PE, Senior Water Resources Engineer, R&D Coordinator
"I think it is important for every young lady to have access to STEM programs in early elementary school. STEM isn’t always promoted as part of the curriculum in elementary schools and I think there is opportunity to reframe what is being taught."
- Krista Goodin, AICP, Discipline Leader for Long Range Transportation Planning