The U.S. Census reports that 15% of engineers working in the nation are women, despite women making up 48% of the total U.S. workforce. Aerospace Engineer Marina Bloomer started experiencing this disparity in high school when she was the only girl enrolled in her AP Computer Science course.
In college, women only made up an estimated 10% of her classmates in her advanced math and science classes. When she began her career in aerospace, she was often one of the few women in the room. As she rose through the professional ranks, finding female peers became increasingly difficult.
Bloomer knew that the world was missing opportunities for innovation by not having diverse perspectives working on projects. She began working on projects that would introduce engineering to under-represented communities to address this problem.