RE: Chatty vs. Bitchy

Subject: RE: Chatty vs. Bitchy
From: "Diane Evans" <diane_evans -at- hotmail -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 29 May 2003 15:31:59 -0700

The only thing I regret is that I didn't study mechanical engineering.

Me too.

When I went to school back in the dark ages, almost none of my teachers realized that the shy girl from the dirt-poor family who hid in the back had a genius-level IQ. When I maxed out the mechanical-reasoning portion of the aptitude test in 8th grade, I was told that I would never amount to anything because I lacked the eye-hand coordination to take shorthand and "only boys get that high a score in mechanical reasoning."

In 1974, I was working in a factory and applied to become an electrician's apprentice. I was told that I didn't qualify because a woman couldn't carry a tool box and electrical piping at the same time.

I thought that all I would ever be able to do well is get married and have babies, and I wasn't very good at either one of those things, either.

It took me many years to find my calling in life. I love what I do, and just wish I had discovered this occupation 20 years before...

Diane Evans
Technical Writer

Washington State Coordinator, Tombstone Project

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