Carol O’Donnell remembers being a “Kelly Girl” in 1979.
She grew up in Hazelwood, PA in the 1960s, in a home overlooking what was then the Jones & Laughlin Steel mill. Excelling at math and science as a young girl, her mother nagged principals until she was finally transferred to Taylor Allderdice in Squirrel Hill. She rode two buses to school every morning to take trigonometry courses.
“At the time, the opportunities for young girls to think about STEM as a career … we were just on the verge of that. I remember my parents wanting me to become an engineer because I was already messing around and building things, using my local environment as my laboratory.”
Ms. O’Donnell was lucky because the pipeline for women in science, technology, engineering and math careers is “leaky,” she said during a webinar panel on women in technology hosted by the Wilson Center, an independent research firm for tackling policy issues in Washington, D.C. “We lose women along the way.” [Read More]