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Inspiring the next generation of female engineers | Debbie Sterling | TEDxPSU

Inspiring the next generation of female engineers | Debbie Sterling | TEDxPSU


Translator: Moe Shoji
Reviewer: Ivana Korom I’d like you all to close your eyes. Closed? Okay. Now, you can’t see me right now, but I’m actually riding a unicycle,
juggling hundreds of balls. (Laughter) No, keep your eyes closed, though. It’s really great. But okay. So close your eyes,
and picture an engineer. Everyone got a picture in their head? Nod. Okay. Open your eyes. Raise your hand if you pictured a guy
sitting alone at a computer. Okay. Maybe kind of nerdy,
pocket protector. Raise your hand if you pictured
a train driver. (Laughter) That’s a lot of hands. Raise your hand if you pictured a young guy in a hoodie, maybe looks a little
like Mark Zuckerberg perhaps. Raise your hand if you pictured someone
who looks like me. Okay. Not a lot of hands. Well, if you didn’t raise your hand for me, I would like you to please
get up and leave. (Laughter) No, just kidding. If you didn’t raise your hand for me,
it’s all right. I get it all the time. Usually when I tell people
I’m an engineer, they look at me and they say, “Ha! No, really, what do you do?” or they look at me and say, “Oh, whoa, you must be
some kind of genius” or my favorite is when I told my mother I wanted to major in engineering, she said, “Eww, why?” (Laughter) The truth is I’m a female engineer,
and I’m a minority. Only 11 percent of engineers
in the U.S. are women. So why does this matter?
Why do we care? So what. Let’s just have the men
do all the engineering. Well, engineers are making
some of the biggest advances in our society. They’re solving things
like global warming, making medical breakthroughs, some of the biggest technologies
that are changing our lives. These are things that we use every day
as people that make our lives better. And with half the population being female, we deserve to have the female perspective. It will only get better
with the female perspective. But today engineering
really is a boys’ club, and I don’t fit in. But I’m here today to share my story about how I discovered a passion
for engineering, and I’m here to make a bold claim: I don’t fit in, but I believe that our little girls will. So this is me when I was a little girl,
age six. I was a pretty normal kid. I loved ballet and drawing and riding bikes. I grew up in a small town
in Rhode Island, age six. Coincidentally,
this is around the age where most girls start to lose an interest in math
and science, this young. And it’s interesting,
some people think, “Well, biologically maybe girls just
aren’t as good as those subjects and that’s just the way it is,
you can’t fight nature.” Well, there was a study
done very recently across 65 countries
around the world where they tested boys and girls
on the same science test. Around the world the girls
out-performed the boys, but not in the U.S. What the study suggests
is that it’s not a biological thing. This is a cultural thing. And this is our culture. This is what we grew up in as girls. The toy aisle, the perfect example
of our culture, where we are taught from a very young age that we want to become princesses. I remember when I was a little girl,
adults would pat me on the head — well, actually I come
from a Jewish family; so they would grab me by the punim
and say, “Debbie, you are so smart, good for you.” And I remember as a little girl
being so disappointed, wishing that they told me I was pretty. I wanted to be pretty,
I didn’t want to be smart. And by the time my senior year
of high school rolled around, I was applying to college, and I asked my math teacher to write my recommendation letter. She said, “Okay, Debbie,
what do you plan to major in? I will write it in the letter.” And I said, “I don’t know.” She said, “How about engineering? I think you would really excel in it.” And I thought, engineering. I closed my eyes — and I pictured a train driver. (Laughter) I had no idea what engineering was, and I was way too embarrassed to ask her. I didn’t want to sound stupid. But I thought, “Ugh, no way,
eww, engineering. That’s for boys.
It’s intimidating and boring. And why would she ever think
that a creative, artistic girl like me would ever like engineering. No way.” But I went off to Stanford,
which was a big deal. In my high school they actually
announced it over the loud speaker. (Laughter) And when I got to Stanford
my freshman year, I had no idea what to major in. And that message
that that math teacher had said, “Engineering, you should give it a try,” it stuck in my head. And so I thought, what the heck, I’m going to take ME101,
just give it a try because I couldn’t shake that advice
that she had given me. And I was so worried
that it was going to be my first F. I was terrified, but I went into the class and in that class I finally learned what engineering really was. And to my surprise, we weren’t fixing train engines. In that class we got to invent and design things. We had assignments like
make a catapult out of a soda bottle and a piece of string and five paper clips
and a piece of foam core. It was so cool and so much fun. And in that class,
I learned that engineering is really the skill set to build
anything you dream up in your head, whether it’s a website or a mobile app, to a bridge, to a highway, anything. That’s what engineers build. And what an amazing skill set. How empowering to be able
to build whatever you want. But the problem was I felt kind of alone. I was always one of a handful of girls in my classes, and I did not fit in. In fact, only 20 percent of undergraduate degrees in engineering and tech and science
are awarded to women so it’s a real problem. But I stuck with it. I loved the major, and I wanted to do it. That is, until I took
an engineering drawing class. This was about halfway through my major and I thought engineering and drawing, this is going to be great. I love art. Finally, I’m going to get to draw. The problem was
in this class you had to draw in perspective, draw in 3-D and for some reason I had this
total mental block. I was really struggling
with the material. And our final assignment
we had to put our drawings up on the wall for critique. And you could tell, all the guys
in the class — there were about 80 of them
and five of us girls — the guys had scribbled their drawing
ten minutes before and slapped it up on the wall. Meanwhile, I had spent hours
the entire weekend. I didn’t even go to any parties,
working on my drawing. And when the professors
went around the room and they got to my drawing,
they took a look at it and they looked out into the room. And they said,
“Raise your hand if you think
Debbie should pass this class.” And I just stood there beet red,
humiliated, looking around. Some people are kind of
half raising their hands. I was horrified. And they’re like,
“Come on, raise your hand if you think
Debbie should pass the class.” The room was silent. Finally, my good friend piped up and said, “How dare you? How dare you humiliate her
in front of this room. She, obviously,
has put a lot of effort in; and it’s your responsibility to teach her,
not to make fun of her.” Well, I’m glad he said that,
but even still, the tears were streaming down my face. And I ran out of the classroom
and I thought, this isn’t for me. I’m not naturally good at this stuff, maybe I should just give up engineering. A lot of girls around this time in their college career
think the same thing. But my friend came out, and he said, “Debbie, don’t give up. You can do it, and I’ll help you. We just have to work hard together. You’ll pick up this stuff.
I know you will. So him and I used to go
from that moment on to the library. And sometimes we’ll be there
until three, four in the morning studying. And in that library I saw all of those guys from my classes, the guys who I thought just knew it
and it was so easy for them. They it were there
at the library at three in the morning. I caught them. (Laughter) And I realized that it’s not about
being a born genius, it’s about how hard you work. This stuff takes a lot of work. But I worked really hard,
and I re-did that drawing and I earned my degree. Years later I did some research
into this stuff, and I actually learned
that I was at a disadvantage. Like a lot of other girls, I had underdeveloped spatial skills. The other interesting thing
that I learned is that kids who score better on spatial skills tests grew up playing with construction toys. Well, I thought isn’t this a shame. Me and my little sister growing up, our parents never bought us
Legos or erector sets or Lincoln logs. We all thought that those were boys toys. I thought, those toys have been
marketed to boys for over a hundred years. And they get them interested
in math and science. Meanwhile, all we get are
the dolls and makeup kits and it’s not fair. So I thought, well,
I’m an engineer now. I have a degree. I can make anything I want now. I’m going to make
an engineering toy for girls, and I’m going to give them the opportunity that I didn’t have
so that they can discover a passion for engineering
much earlier than I did. So I got to work. I quit my job and I worked
out of my apartment for months, making a prototype out of thread spools and wooden dowels, pieces I could find
from the hardware store. I wanted to find a way to help girls
develop their spatial skills. I did all of this research. I met with little girls, and I found something really interesting. I’d buy construction toys and watch them play with them to see how they could be improved and time and time again the girls
would get bored with the toys. And so I would say,
“Well, what is your favorite toy?” And they would run upstairs and they would bring back down a book and they’d say, “I love reading. Let’s read together.” So I came up with a really simple
“aha” idea: What if I put those two things together. Spatial plus verbal, a construction set plus stories. And what if those stories
were about a girl engineer character named Goldie Blocks. And as she goes on adventures, she solves problems
by building simple machines. And so the girls read along,
and they get to build with Goldie and it would bring in a role model, and it would bring in the narrative that they so loved. I made this prototype, and I went around the Bay Area testing it on hundreds of kids; and it worked. I had little girls in tutus building belt drives. (Laughter) It was awesome. And I knew I was on to something. So I had all of these
ram shackled prototypes in my apartment; and I’ve been working for months
like a hermit, not showering. And a friend of mine said, “Debbie, do you want
to take this to the next level? Do you trust me?” I said, “Yeah, yeah.”
“Do you trust me?” I’m like, “Okay.
We’re not in a movie. What are you talking about?” He said: “You need to apply to this tech accelerator program.” It is the most elite program
in Silicon Valley. All the top engineers around the world vie for a position in this program. You need to apply.” So I applied, and I got in to the big interview day. And I walked into a room
of Mark Zuckerburgs sitting there on their computers. Meanwhile, me walking in, the chick with the physical prototype. And I had a napkin over it because,
obviously, I had to protect my intellectual property. (Laughter) And so I’m walking in there and gosh, do I not fit in. And one of the guys pipes up and says, “Oh, did you bring us cookies?” (Laughter) Well, my confidence was pretty shot; and needless to say, I didn’t get into the accelerator. They didn’t understand
why on earth I would add a book. So, they didn’t get it. But I didn’t give up. So I brought my prototype
to the New York toy fair. It’s the international biggest
toy show in the U.S. And I thought, okay, this is it.
I’m going to go. I’m going to show toy industry veterans. I’m going to talk to store owners
and see what they have to say about my engineering toy for girls. And I walked in there thinking
toy fair is going to be awesome. There’s going to be
all these creative types, mad scientists, kids running around, it’s going to be so cool. It was a bunch of old men in suits. I don’t fit in. Come on. I got through engineering, and now this? So I showed people my prototype; and they all kind of
looked at me with pity. And they whispered me a well-known industry secret: construction toys for girls don’t sell. And they took my by the arm, and they showed me what does sell,
the pink aisle. And they said this is the way it is and so we’ve come full circle. And I felt pretty dejected
after that toy fair, but I wasn’t willing to give up. Just because this is the way things are, doesn’t mean it’s how they have to be. And so I took my prototype. I partnered with a factory, and I turned it into a real toy. The thing was the factory
minimum order was 5,000 toys and with all of this rejection, I didn’t know
if people were going to want it; so I put it up on Kickstarter. I had a goal of raising $150,000 in 30 days to make this toy a reality. I hit go. I crossed my fingers, and I hit my goal in four days. (Applause) And our minimum production, it didn’t end up being 5,000 units. It ended up being over 20,000. I had stores calling
from all over the world saying, “My customers are coming in,
they want Goldie Blocks. What is this Goldie Blocks?” I had parents calling in saying, “Yes, my daughter is more
than just a princess.” (Laughter) I had the press writing articles
all about it. The world was waiting for this. They wanted this. The toy industry had it wrong. Yeah, sure, some girls like princesses and tiaras, and I like that stuff too, but there’s so much more to us than that. There’s so much potential. And for me, I couldn’t be more happy to be putting my engineering skills
into this product because it leverages not only
the math and science that I worked so hard to learn, but also leverages my creativity. And engineering is such a creative thing, and I never knew it. And it’s so fun for me
to get to use my creative voice and my artistic skills
as a part of engineering. And it’s so important that we include that perspective. And the other thing
that’s so great about it is engineering is for people. We’re designing things for people. So how fun for me to get to spend my time playing and learning with little girls and understanding what their needs are and designing things for them. It couldn’t be more rewarding. Our toys are now hitting
the doorsteps of thousands of girls around the world. I just got an email from a mom who said, “We love playing
Goldie Blocks. My four and a half year old,
halfway through the game looked at me and said,
“Mommy, am I an engineer?” And her mom said, “Yes, sweetie,
you can be. You can be anything.” For so long, for so many years, I felt like I didn’t fit in but now I feel like I belong here. I feel like I belong,
and our little girls do too. Thank you. (Applause)

Comments (100)

  1. I loved this video! It was so inspiring! I really want to be a structural engineer when I grow up!

  2. This is just fantastic, in one year I will apply to study nanotechnology engineering and I'm so nervous bc there aren't a lot of girls studying that

    I'm so sorry if my english isn't correct, I'm still learning

  3. "I reached my goal in 4 days" and I cried

  4. I am so grateful to live in an environment where I rarely get to hear things like "engineering is not for women". When I was little, I didn't want to be a princess. I saw those barbie toys & games, & thought of gaining the same independence,that mansion ,that car that barbie had. I am grateful that rather than calling me a princess, my mom called me an angel who had the potential to create miracles. This year on, I am going to do computer science from Canada & hope that I can be as awesome, hard-working & determined as this lady.

  5. I miss classes to go into the science class the year above , I’m teaching myself calculus which is 3 years above , I’m one of two girls in my computer science class. I’ve never been told I can’t do it

  6. I read my dads engineering magazines in my spare time – other girls go shopping at the mall

  7. I'm 22, a Biomedical engineer. Whenever relatives,friends or strangers ask me what I do, medicine? Engineering? Making a medicine? Making a human body? messing around with my life? what?…I feel this intense urge, necessity to do enough so that one fine day they can get the answer all by themselves!

  8. Computer engineering anyone?

  9. @8:10 made me cry 😔😢

  10. I'm a female engineering student right now. I'm so glad this is in my recommendation.

  11. This is the best speech I’ve ever heard! So inspirational! I’m 14 and I want to be an engineer. I dropped Drama for product design a few months ago and it was the best decision I ever made! It’s now my favourite subject! But I’m in a class of about 20-25 and there’s only 2 girls (that’s including me)

  12. Thank you, Im starting at Stanford this fall and want to major in mechanical or computer engineering and I’m honestly terrified of the statistics of girls and minorities in these fields

  13. Anyone watching in 2019?

  14. As an engineer thus inspire me so much ! Thank youu

  15. thank u i needed this so much

  16. I'm studying railway engineering, drawing has also been an issue for me so I tried my best to excel in my other subjects. Thank you very much

  17. I started crying when she quoted the mom who said "You can be anything". So many people do not realize how important it actually is for girls to believe that, when the world tends to tell us otherwise!

  18. To all the female engineers out there, do your thing and do it for yourself. Don't waste your energy thinking about what they're thinking. If you are being discriminated against, then speak up and fight for your GOD DAMN rights. I've had to curse sometimes to get the point across some thick heads. But otherwise, live your dream and your passion. You will meet rude female and male engineers but not all 5 fingers are the same. Forget the rotten ones and bond with the good wise ones.

  19. Why is it then that SO many female engineers quit the profession, and not due to anything like having children.

  20. I came here because i can never shake the thought when i said to someone that i want to be an engineer but got a respond "That's for boys" man was i so discouraged

  21. TBH someone like her didn't come to my mind is not because she's a woman, but because she just didn't looked nerdy at all to me.

  22. I’m a senior in high school at an engineering charter school and this speech really empowered me. I really love STEM, and am trying to spread it though out my community. So far I have taken 5 engineering classes on a variety of subjects like architecture, electronics, machining, welding, physics and more! I have volunteered at STEM summer camps, and even joined my school’s robotics team- which I’m the president of! I also have an apprenticeship at a local factory, where I work with engineers, collaborate with people on the production floor and even solve problems I’m assigned using everything I’ve learned so far! I know so many other women and girls in STEM have struggled to get where they are now, but I haven’t had too much trouble. Maybe I’m just lucky, but I like to think that the world is finally seeing our potential:) I’m so excited for the future of women in STEM, and I can’t wait to be a part of it. We can do anything!!!

  23. i remember having my mom ask specifically for the boys toys at McDonald's. Granted I'm still a kid (thirteen), but I felt a little sad each time.

  24. Best ted x talk till date !

  25. 9:23 This hit me hard, even though I'm a male, is just …

  26. This speech was really inspiring…it has given a great solution to my confusion…l'm clear now, I'm gonna choose my career as aerospace engineer, I don't know how much I'm capable for that course, but after watching this video,I'm sure that I'll master in it one day….yeah, this society doesn't give girls the opportunity to make flights,I'm so irritated by that, but someday I'll make my own….

  27. This is so inspiring Debbie. I am a web full stack developer, and every time when people ask me what I do for work, they say: "Really? do you know how do to that?" They think it is a job just for men, and it's not. I am so proud to be in this technology area, I love what I do, I am a litttle bit part of womens in technology 👏🏻

  28. In your face Sheldon copper !

  29. This is very inspiring!!! I am enrolling for Civil & Environmental Engineering now.

  30. I'm having doubts these past months about pursuing Civil Engineering because I also feel like I don't belong but then I came across this and viola! This kept me back in track. This made me remember why I pursued Civil Engineering in the first place. Thank you very much.

  31. ادعوا لي أختم كتاب الله دعوة الغريب مستجابة

  32. 1:27
    Me: Yes, I am an Engineer.
    Other People: No way, you are?

    I'm a 24 year old Geomatics Engineer. Salute to all the women in the Engineering Field. We are the beautiful minority.

  33. Ain’t nothing wrong with girls not wanting to be engineers

  34. Simplemente una inspiración para muchas y para mí. Gracias por hacernos sentir que lo podemos hacer todo y por ser una de las muchas que no póquer las cosas sean así tú también tienes que seguirla tal y como son. Gracias por ser el cambio:) desde Perú ❤️

  35. I am studying master degree of industrial engineering, and I am proud being engineer woman.

  36. I think that ı was gonna cry some point that was so emotional to me as a teen girl who wants to be an engineer in Turkey and you cant know how hard it can be after this video my self confidence get stronger then before now I feel better thank you for trying this hard rather than being one of the womens working as an invisible women employee they have to get

  37. I'm an industrial engineer, and I have struggled to draw using autocad

  38. My parents never bought me barbie dolls, the toys i had were a few cars and building blocks. They didnt buy me building blocks because they wanted me to become an engineer or something, but because building blocks were much cheaper. Anyway, I used to love it and now i am a Civil engineering student.

  39. This video almost made me cry… The struggle is real.

  40. My parents gave my brother all the next latest and greatest electronics that were coming out during early 2000s and they use to give me all the pretty dolls and role play toys typical for girls.
    They thought he was going to be a programmer cuz he played a lot of computer games but he decided to major in art and I majored in computer science lol! I didn't even know I liked programming until I took an intro cs course during my senior year of high school.
    I always knew I had kind of an engineering mentality growing up because I liked taking scraps from the recycling bin and building random things from it. I even made houses for my dolls and ignored the store bought doll house my parents gave to me for my birthday.
    This really inspires and reassures me that I'm making the right choices for my path. I might even consider after i complete my computer science degree to go pursue engineering as well.

  41. She is rare species. Both engineer and so beautiful.

  42. Inspiring. Although I'm a guy

  43. women are smart enough to be engineers? go figure, too bad the title is being sexist singling out women and not "people"

  44. 688 dislikes? HATERS WILL HATE! I feel bad for them though…

  45. I know I'm years late but I'm here now. Throughout High School, I've come to love Chemistry and when my mom asked what I wanted to be after being so unsure for a very long time, she said: "Why not try becoming a Chemical Engineer?" and I didn't know what to become of that. I didn't understand what Engineering offered. I too thought what does an Engineer even do? and this was years ago. Now that I'm about to enter my last year of high school, about to take my college entrance exams, I was still struggling, asking myself time and time again am I really about to enter a course that will determine what will become of me for the rest of my life unsure? and then after so much procrastination, I found my answer. Thank you, Debbie, from the bottom of my heart. For fighting for our future, for believing in yourself and for believing in us. I never knew what I could've become if I didn't see you today. I've doubted myself for so long and I've now realized that it was all for naught. Through thick and thin, I will push through and pay it forward. I now know that this is only the beginning and will see this through until the end. See you on the other side.

  46. Thank you very much for this! This inspired me sm

  47. I love this and we needed this!

  48. Yes, sweetie, you can be anything.

  49. I had an aunt who, when I told her I wanted to study engineering, she said "Why? Nobody wants to be an engineer". Luckily the woman sitting next to me was an engineer, and she gave my aunt an earful. 🙂

  50. This Tex talk has me crying, omg. I'm a chemical engineering major, graduating fall 2019. I love this so much! I absolutely love hearing from other women engineers. My boyfriend's mom is actually an electrical engineer who works on autonomous vehicles, and she's brilliant.

  51. I am bachelor in cybernetics and robotics, master in electrical engineering. When I started studying robotics people were making jokes if I got lost from the economy department, I got shouted at for not knowing how to correctly solder – "why did you go to engineering ?! " , some teachers would support me, but some would ask extra questions to catch me unprepared, just to confirm that I dont belong there. Three years later I got my diploma, with 3,5 GPA and reward for one of 20 best bachelor thesis of the year. This has to change, teachers must learn how to support women in engineering more and dont make differences gender based! I never wanted any advantages, all I wanted was to be treated the same.

  52. Me sentí así por mucho tiempo, en mi salon de clases aveces soy la unica chica

  53. I like her creation! Keep dreaming girl!!

  54. What?????????Girls are more than princesses???? Noooo waaaay!!!!!! -_- I thought they only lives in castles! xD

  55. i’m in high school that’s an engineering magnet school and in my engineering school their are 8 girls out of 30 kids kind of upsets me and adding that 3 of them have dropped the engineering program for the following year

  56. Network Engineer here- 23 and currently working as an instructor teaching men and women looking to be in IT =] Next I want to teach at a University!

  57. I really needed to hear this. I’m in my 3rd head of my ME degree program and I’ve been feeling discouraged.

  58. In my school, there's actually a lot of female engineering students. they're mostly in civil engineering

  59. I've watched this video in 2017 this is very inspiring

  60. I'm so proud for her

  61. Debbie, I'm so happy you stuck through with this. Great invention!!

  62. In my Engineering and Architecture Department around half the students are women 😊 It has really come a long way as to decades ago where only a handful of women are in class. Our landscape architecture and chemical engineering graduates are all women. Why? I have no idea to be honest, there are just a lot of women taking up Eng and Arch lately.

  63. I’m a Mechatronics engineering student and I couldn’t be more happy studying something else !

  64. GOLDIE
    BLOCKS
    ARE
    AWESOME

  65. Hope this video inspires girls because we guys are desperate here 😅

  66. who’s the guy?? :/

  67. Damn, it's the first time a TED talk makes me cry. Now I understand why I couldn't fit in and I still don't. Thank you, that helped me more than you think.

  68. This was so inspiring.

  69. I hope that professor that thought it was more valuable to INSULT and EMBARRASS his student instead of TEACHING and INSPIRING them, chokes on his food

  70. i needed this so much

  71. What do You actually learn in an engendering program? Pls someone tell me I really don’t know. ⚠️⚠️⚠️⚠️⚠️⚠️⚠️

  72. if this was reversed , everybody would go insane. O no boys playing with make up and baby dolls

  73. 8:15 I'm not naturally good at math or engineering! But I would like to invent some cool stuff that could be practical! I might be an engineer, and if I fusion this with graphic design oh my I could go far away!

  74. Even though mine is a third world country, our girls at least get the opportunity to fit in as engineers and actually do better than guys. Though bogged down in many problems, it gives a positive vibe that someday we will improve as a nation.

  75. Simplemente inspirador, iré por ello!

  76. this hit home….i can't control my tears..

    i always wanted to be a princess when i was a little girl but i also wanted to be someone who would invent new things(specially toys) but now when i'm half way through my degree i feel the same way you did, "i don't fit in".

    thank you for this speech, very inspiring.
    i won't give up!

  77. "Female engineers"….. either you understood the tyranny or were focused towards SEO.

  78. BUT let’s not forget, most women don’t want to become engineers. Most women have more paternal wants for their careers. It’s so important to inspire women who want to follow engineering. But it’s also so important to not put down other women who want to take on more typically female roles! It’s okay to be feminine!

  79. What an amazing talk from an amazing person. Human beings are more complex than what we Americans are giving women- and men alike- credit for. And it starts from an early age. As a substitute teacher I always try to make the girls understand that it's ok for me to dress feminine and like pink while also liking working hard and trying to be good at skills we aren't being encouraged towards.

  80. She looks so young

  81. Amazing talk! What a terrible professor to be so discouraging and daring to make fun of students-this really triggered me and reminded me of one of my former chemistry professors-so rude that everyone stayed quiet out of fear of her retaliating and giving bad grades.These people should NOT be teaching! I'm so glad Debbie didn't give up, and, just as importantly, is revolutionizing the world with her amazing ideas!

  82. In my country we get academic IDs that also give us lots of discounts and stuff, and once we have applied etc we have to go to a certain store in each city and get them. So, I went there and the girls who gave it to me were like "Yay, there are female electrical engineers" (in my country you choose your major before entering uni so it's visible in your ID) and they also told me they had asked some guys from my department if there are any girls there and these guys were like "psss no this is a serious and hard department, girl's aren't good enough" and so the girls were happy I was one. I'm sad there aren't as much women as men (it's like one to ten ratio) but more sad that people think those women who study engineering are geniuses, like ofc I'd like to be called a genius but I'm not, I'm just someone who loves this field. It's not hard for women to become engineers, and it's not "special" women who basically act like men that thrive in this field. I always accused society that girls don't follow engineering as much as boys do, but many people are telling me that they would have if they wanted to in this day and age…I know from personal experience they're actually kind of discouraged, but I also keep an open mind and think that there are girls who aren't into engineering and no one makes them choose whatever…but that sounds utopic

  83. Thank you for this. I needed it.

  84. I lived legos when i was youngerbim just saying…

  85. This video is so inspiring because im goin to study to becomr an enginner

  86. I'm only finding this now but gosh is it a good time, not long ago I finally decided I want to be an environmental engineer and the stress is piling up as my A-levels are nearing and I'm having motivation issues. Also, I'm in no way a maths person but this really inspired me to work harder so I can get into an engineering program

  87. Take plastic out of our lives and I will believe on you

  88. After watching this im convinced I have potential. I loved playing with my dads construction tools and building games. lol a bit too simple. Im watching this in 2019 because I'm studying IT in a class full of men . I don't want IT to be my end goal though but I do want the motivation to get through my first step. I have no idea where I'm gonna land lol.

  89. I am a smart beautiful engineer! :3

  90. It'a about how hard you work

  91. So inspiring, i'm studying biomedical engineering and i needed this.

  92. that's the spirit i love ,girls are not meant to be nurses or doctors only they could be pilots they could be ship builders ,my sister is an engineer ,i've always wanted to be like her so now i'm studying computer science and my dream is to develop video games …because i love programming and i love games

  93. I'm so thankful that growing up I had those construction toys to play with when I was young. It's amazing that you've inspired such young girls to become excited about building things and learning about engineering.

  94. Whores, bitches
    Engineering is for men 😠😠😠👊👊👊

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