Wall of Inspiration - Barbara Ali | Empiric
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Barbara Ali

Barbara Ali

What did you study (at school, college or university)?
I was from a poor family but studied hard. Because I didn't have money for college, I joined the Air Force at age 18 and was one of the first female avionics technicians to work on a fighter aircraft- the F111. I became a USAF officer and made a career of it. It was never easy but I'm glad I did it and paved the way for women who want to be part of that world. Never apologize for being smart or trying something new.

How did you get into technology?
I took the Air Force entrance exam and did well in all subjects, but there was a great need for people with aptitude for math and science. Though there were few women working in avionics, they offered a bonus if I was willing to learn it. The most technical thing I had done up to that point was cleaning crumbs from a toaster. I went through the technical training, learning to solder, read schematics, and repair weapons and radar systems. It was always me and a bunch of men. They never made it easy, but I succeeded anyway.

What company do you work for?
Now I'm an author and do travel writing

What do you do at your current company?
Self employed

What advice would you give to girls looking to get into a tech related career?
Think outside the box. Instead of saying or accepting no, ask "how can I make something happen."


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