On Monday, I had a really productive day in Atlanta. I've already blogged about 2 of the events, but, at the risk of overexposing this great city, I'd like to add a third--at Spelman College, we announced a new program designed to get more women into transportation careers.
I think transportation is one of the most challenging and exciting industries in the country right now. And we’d love to see the women at Spelman and other colleges, high schools, or universities around the country become our transportation leaders for the 21st century and come work in the industry or at DOT.
So, Spelman and DOT are jointly managing the Pilot Entrepreneurial Training and Technical Assistance Women and Girls Program, created to encourage girls to pursue careers in science, engineering, and technology and help women in the field to achieve their goals.
We’d like more women to become air traffic controllers, highway engineers, transportation researchers, and safety planners-–to name just a few. These kinds of jobs are challenging; they pay well; and we think there's no reason women shouldn't find them very rewarding.
Now, Spelman College has long been a renowned institution, with quite a strong legacy, and I think the program is in pretty safe hands. This program is part of a broader effort, led by the White House, to ensure that federal programs and policies take into account the distinct needs and concerns of women and girls. So who better to partner with than a college that has been successfully educating young women since 1881.
It's true: women have not always been as well represented in transportation as we’d like. The good news is we’re working to change that.