In a recent article for The New York Times, author Celestine Bohlen shares highlights from the 2018 Global Meeting of the Women’s Forum for the Economy and Society.
If the world of STEM is looking for more women role models, Véna Arielle Ahouansou and Alejandra Estanislao are candidates.
Both are young and have degrees in a field involving science, technology, engineering or mathematics — the disciplines where women are significantly underrepresented.
Both women spoke at the 2018 Global Meeting of the Women’s Forum for the Economy and Society, and said they aware that they are the exceptions to the rule.
“It wasn’t so bad at the engineering faculty, where we were about 25 percent,” Ms. Estanislao said. “It was later, at work. When you find yourself one woman in a room of 30 people, that is when you feel lonely.”
Dr. Ahouansou, whose company employs 15 people, said men still have a blind spot — not about women in management, but about women in technology. “They need to change their mind-set that science is just for them,” she said.