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I am told that this February is a month in which people in the industry read magazines only for technical content. What a perfect time to pick on political incorrectness. Are women more affected by the downturn in the [previously] male-dominated, good ‘ole boy oil industry, or will females thrive? Look at this from Shell: “Remarkable Women in Science, Technology and Engineering, You’re invited to Shell’s live webinar, to gain insight into some of our projects and careers from Shell’s remarkable female engineers and scientists.” That was September 2014, and oil was above $90/bbl. Well, the gender battle was resolved a long time ago, in both the courts and in practice. My wife tells me that it was lost, the second I was born. Her point is that [American] women today have very different expectations, whether they toil at home, or sweat in the professions. She recently finished a PhD at Texas A&M University (TAMU), in College Station, while working full-time. The bigger truth is, if the industry plans to survive, great effort is going to be needed to introduce folks, female and male, into the technical oil and gas professions. A strong dose of mentoring will still be required.

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