Today on our YouTube channel, DOT is launching a new series of videos about women in transportation. Unlike the valuable historical resources we added to DOT's Women And Girls website last month, the Women In Transportation series is very much about the present...and the future.
The new series shares the stories of women who are working--and thriving---in the transportation field – what they do each day, how they’re making a difference, and how they got where they are today. By showcasing the exciting career opportunities available, and the tremendous possibilities for success, we hope more women and girls will consider choosing careers in transportation.
I was happy to announce the new series this morning at a White House forum on Women In Transportation, where I was joined by Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor to the President and Chair of the White House Council on Women and Girls.
Today's forum is focused on increasing opportunities for women in transportation through education, recruitment, retention, and leadership development. We hope these discussions will help generate strategies for overcoming the gender disparity in transportation careers.
After all--regardless of gender--everyone uses our transportation systems. And those systems will serve us more effectively when they're planned, designed, engineered, and built by professionals who represent all of us.
We have encouraged girls to focus on science, technology, engineering and math (the STEM subjects) in their studies, supported women-owned small businesses, and helped young women secure internships and find mentors in the transportation field.
Today, we're happy to add the new “Women in Transportation” video series, kicked off by a terrific video from UPS demonstrating the variety of career paths and supportive resources the company offers. DOT has added a video of its own documenting the successful career of Beverley Swaim-Staley, President and CEO of the Union Station Redevelopment Corporation. And next week, we'll add more content featuring voices from this Department.
But now, it's time for you to tell your story.
We need your help to make this series a robust resource that will inspire our future transportation leaders. So, please, create your own videos; share your unique stories; and tell the next generation of women about the many benefits and opportunities a career in transportation offers.
Watch our new Women In Transportation YouTube playlist to get some ideas about the kinds of stories we’re looking for. Then, grab your smartphone or video camera and start recording.
And remember, there's no wrong way to tell the story of your success!
Email us a link to your video at APECWomen@dot.gov.