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     “A lot of people have this misconception when it comes to truck drivers, but there’s no single ‘truck driver look.’ You go to a truck stop, you see women, and they have their make-up and nails done. They’re beautiful, but they just want to drive a truck. And why not? I have a wife and three girls, and I don’t believe that there are things women can’t or shouldn’t do. I think sometimes women stop themselves because society tells them they can’t do certain things. It doesn’t matter what anyone thinks—do whatever you want to do!”

Drums, PA

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     “A lot of people have this misconception when it comes to truck drivers, but there’s no single ‘truck driver look.’ You go to a truck stop, you see women, and they have their make-up and nails done. They’re beautiful, but they just want to drive a truck. And why not? I have a wife and three girls, and I don’t believe that there are things women can’t or shouldn’t do. I think sometimes women stop themselves because society tells them they can’t do certain things. It doesn’t matter what anyone thinks—do whatever you want to do!”

Drums, PA

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     “I’m one of ten children, and it’s always been a struggle financially. My parents didn’t go to college, and only one of my older siblings did. My mom and dad hated that they had to struggle to find ways to buy us clothes for school, but they never wanted me to think that I couldn’t go to college because money was an issue. I’ve always loved math, and now I’m in college studying engineering. There are very few black engineering students, and I’m happy that I can be a good role model for my four younger sisters who look up to me.” 

Bethlehem, PA

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     “I’m one of ten children, and it’s always been a struggle financially. My parents didn’t go to college, and only one of my older siblings did. My mom and dad hated that they had to struggle to find ways to buy us clothes for school, but they never wanted me to think that I couldn’t go to college because money was an issue. I’ve always loved math, and now I’m in college studying engineering. There are very few black engineering students, and I’m happy that I can be a good role model for my four younger sisters who look up to me.” 

Bethlehem, PA

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     “Everyone my age is so keen on having friends, relationships, and being in love, but I’m OK with being single. I’m not really ready to be in a relationship and give my full attention to someone—I don’t even know how to give that to myself. Before I can even think about committing to someone else and their problems, I want to fully commit to myself. Now is the time to get to know myself and what I deserve: I need to be selfish now, so I can be selfless later.”

State College, PA

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     “Everyone my age is so keen on having friends, relationships, and being in love, but I’m OK with being single. I’m not really ready to be in a relationship and give my full attention to someone—I don’t even know how to give that to myself. Before I can even think about committing to someone else and their problems, I want to fully commit to myself. Now is the time to get to know myself and what I deserve: I need to be selfish now, so I can be selfless later.”

State College, PA

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August 28th 1984, The Jacksons’ Victory Tour broke the record for concert ticket sales after they surpassed the 1.1 million mark in two months.

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Meet Jedidah Isler

She is the first black woman to earn a PhD in astronomy from Yale University.

As much as she loves astrophysics, Isler is very aware of the barriers that still remain for young women of color going into science. “It’s unfortunately an as-yet-unresolved part of the experience,” she says. She works to lower those barriers, and also to improve the atmosphere for women of color once they become scientists, noting that “they often face unique barriers as a result of their position at the intersection of race and gender, not to mention class, socioeconomic status and potentially a number of other identities.”

While Isler recounts instances of overt racial and gender discrimination that are jaw-dropping, she says more subtle things happen more often. Isler works with the American Astronomical Society’s commission on the status of minorities in astronomy.

She also believes that while things will improve as more women of color enter the sciences, institutions must lead the way toward creating positive environments for diverse student populations. That is why she is active in directly engaging young women of color: for example participating in a career exploration panel on behalf of the Women’s Commission out of the City of Syracuse Mayor’s Office, meeting with high-achieving middle-school girls. She is also on the board of trustees at the Museum of Science and Technology (MOST).

“Whether I like it or not, I’m one of only a few women of color in this position,” she says. “Addressing these larger issues of access to education and career exploration are just as important as the astrophysical work that I do.”

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