Yes, I'm starting a thread...eek
Today is International Day of the Girl and CNN had a nice piece today with successful women saying what advice they would give their fifteen year old self. Fifteen is a rough age for girls, you are not sure of yourself and where you are headed. Also check out a recent article from architect (AIA) magazine that talked about why there aren't more women developers.
There are many successful women here on cyburbia and in the planning world, although development is still a man's world, I think planning is one of the areas related to development that women have been able to gain significant acheivement over the years. So ladies, what are the gender barriers that you have faced in your career, if any? What advice would you give your fifteen-year old self?
I'll start: As a woman it takes longer to gain the respect and trust of my colleagues than my male counter parts. Its like I have to prove I'm smart enough everytime I have a new developer or project engineer. The advice I would give my fifteen-year old self it to be confident in who you are, don't let other dissuade you from what you know is right.