Key Takeaways

Underrepresented minority women face a double bind

  • Confront issues related to race/ethnicity AND gender
  • Cannot deny their racial or gender identity
  • Often pulled in two directions
  • May face additional obstacles – poverty, family, physical disability, male domination in STEM fields

Some commonalities may exist among underrepresented minority women in STEM

  • Read at an early age
  • Positive, strong sense of self
  • Awareness of ethnic status
  • Being disciplined

Dr. Abron’s Success as an entrepreneur:

  • Been in business for 44 years
  • Sees engineering as a “we”
  • Has a loyal team and loyal clients who have stuck with her
  • Sole owner
  • Navigated the highs and lows of business ownership

Small schools and Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HCBUs) offer more attention and care for students

  • Young people give her hope
  • Hard to compete with the quality and caliber of current students