I was wrong, and I was in denial for a very long time.
I never set out to be a flag-bearing feminist. I just wanted to have a career I found fulfilling and paid well.
But what I found was that my two engineering degrees - from a top university in my field - didn't prepare me for how difficult it was going to be heard and recognized, let alone happy in my work.
And, I was confused, because (almost) everyone I worked with seemed like nice people. I loved the technical work and projects.
I thought something was wrong with me. I searched for advice that would help, but didn't find anything that worked for me, as someone who was often the only woman in the room on her teams.
I became obsessed with figuring out what I was missing. My free time became filled with reading everything I could find on the subject, which I'd then test it in my own career.
I spent years applying what I learned on myself, and trying something different when the first attempt inevitably failed. When something worked, I shared it with others......and discovered it worked for them too!
Eventually, I put it all this into a book, so you don't have to spend years learning these things the hard way like I did.
This is the practical engineering career guide for women, to teach you the things you need to be successful that you aren't taught in school and that mentors don't tell you.