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Wednesday, August 17, 2011
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I thoroughly enjoyed this article. It was well researched dotted with factual findings by women in advanced studies as well as women who are advanced in their careers.

The paragraph on women engineers held my interest. I'm currently one of the representatives from the Department of Energy (DOE) for White House Council on Women and Girls (CWG).

The DOE /CWG is interested in looking at and/or helping women in fields of Science, engineering, and technology. This article mentions some real-life barriers that I will pass along to my colleagues.

Patricia G. Spencer, MPA

Chief Administrative Officer

Office of Hearings and Appeals

Department of Energy

Washington, DC

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I am a chemical engineer having graduated from a major university a few decades ago. As a minority female mother, working in corporate America, I faced many of the challenges mentioned in your excellent article.

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What compelled me to write, however, are your comments on women's dress. The superficiality of how women continue to be evaluated is highlighted by the multi-decade discussion on how women should dress.

In all this time I would have hoped that women would have progressed to the point where such a discussion would be irrelevant.

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