Women still face hurdles at defense firms

11/21/2012 | Reuters

More women are moving into leadership roles in the defense industry, but technical fields are still predominantly male, and women looking to advance still face obstacles, observers say. Firms must invest in science, technology, engineering and math education in order to encourage women to enter the field, says Marion Blakey, president and CEO of the Aerospace Industries Association. "Without that investment, declining enrollment in these fields by young women will deprive us of the very resource we are looking to access," she said.

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