Blonde, Beautiful AND Brains?! Who said you can’t be an Engineer?

How Marissa Mayer is combatting stereotypes and proving that you can have it all.

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Marissa Mayer always dreamed of becoming a doctor until she discovered computers. This led to her earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Symbolic Systems and a Master of Science degree in Computer Science. During her studies she taught computer programming courses to undergraduate students. Is it a surprise that she received 14 job offers straight out of grad school?

new-google-logo-knockoffBecoming Google’s first female engineer, Mayer spent 13 years working as an engineer, designer, product manager and executive. Known for her eye for design, she was involved with creating the unique characterisation that Google possesses and worked on Google’s most successful products: Google Maps, Google Earth, Street View, Google News and Gmail. A lucrative job for a recent graduate!

The best was yet to come for Mayer who, in 2012, was appointed President and CEO of Yahoo.index


Following in the footsteps of Carly Fiorina, CEO of former Hewlett-Packard and Meg Whitman, eBay’s former CEO, Marissa Mayer is one of 20 women running a Fortune 500 company.


At 33 years old, Mayer was listed as one of ‘America’s 50 Most Powerful Women in Business’ in Fortune Magazine in 2008, the youngest woman ever to be listed. She was then consecutively listed each year after that.

Marissa Mayer has achieved more than most people could dream of for such a young age.

Ranked number 1 by Fortune Magazine for its annual ‘40 under 40’ list of business leaders, named one of Glamour Magazine’s ‘Women of the Year’ in 2009, ranked 20 in 2012 and 32 in 2013 in Forbes Magazine’s ‘List of The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women’, she has definitely broke the mould and proved that women can achieve. Mayer is the only person to feature in all three of Fortune Magazine’s annual lists in the same year in 2013.

Not only has she achieved numerous acknowledgments for her work in business publications, Mayer became the first CEO of a Fortune 500 company to pose for a Vogue Magazine spread, proving that she is the full package of Beauty and Brains!


So does this sound like something that you would like to aspire to?

Want to know how you can achieve a successful, well-rounded career like Marissa Mayer?

Then look no further than Engineering!


Engineering is not the stereotype that it is made out to be.

It is not male-orientated or oily rags, it can be glamorous and creative.

Did you know that in 2012 only 13% of people working in the STEM industry were female? This is a statistic that we need to work hard to change. Men and women have different opinions, views and ideas so why should only one sex determine the outcome of the industry? Let’s put a stop to this nonsense and make sure that women are granted equal career opportunities to men.


Are you creative? Innovative? Driven? Want to make history and build a legacy for yourself?

Then engineering is for you!

Whether it is chemical engineering, mechanical engineering, civil engineering or electrical engineering, the paths are endless and diverse with many different routes.


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and let’s show the world that women are both beautiful and intelligent.



Jessica Eagles

Student ID: 601521



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