University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh junior Kelsey Paltzer, a chemistry major with a biomolecular emphasis, gets an experiment ready to run in the chemistry lab. Women are crossing traditional gender lines and pursuing science, technology, engineering and math-related degrees.
As one of 10 female welding students in a program with 124 males, Amber Kraemer can tell you a thing or two about perseverance.
"It's intimidating (stepping into a male dominated field), but it also gives me something to prove that I can do it," said Kraemer, 32. "It's motivation to do better, and most of the time I can probably weld better than the men anyway."
She pursued a degree from Fox Valley Technical College in the welding field - which increasingly relies on robotics, programming and mathematics - because of its positive career prospects and what she sees as an appealing marriage of ...