I saw this photo, which has gone viral, on my Facebook feed today. I read it several times. It spoke to me.
Although Jared Mauldin, who is attending Eastern Washington University, is younger than my own sons, I felt like he must have followed me around. In my high school, where I was one of two girls in the pre-calc class and the teacher routinely ignored me, or answered me questions such as ‘where did you get this answer?’ with “out of the thin air”. In my college Texas Tech, where some of my engineering professors accused me of trying to take a man’s job (I’ve written about my experiences with really awful professors in school here and about women going into engineering and what kinds of salaries they can make here), or a interviewer telling me that I might have to get my hands dirty, or just how would my husband feel about me going to field locations or traveling overnight??