Better understand the unique oppressions that women in non-traditional fields face in the workplace.
CONNIE GREEN: LOGGER
Logging has one of the lowest percentages of women in the list of non-traditional careers. Connie Green is one of the few female loggers within the field. She describes her life and the issues she faced in getting used to her empowering job.
TALIA SHUBIN: FUTURE SOLDIER
At 7:45 on a Monday morning, the University of Oregon lay quiet. Few students are awake, let alone have anything accomplished. By this time, Talia Shubin, a sophomore member of the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps, has already gotten ready for the day, had intense physical training and eaten breakfast. She completes this routine every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday alongside mostly men. While many women would be afraid to join the male-dominated military, Shubin has learned it is more empowering than it is hindering. “Me becoming more confident in my abilities has made it so I’m not so intimidated by the men in the program,” she said. She still faces judgment. “Thursdays are when we wear our full uniforms and it definitely puts a target on your back,” she described. “I know a lot of people that I don’t know frown upon it, but I know my uniform is a part of something so much bigger.”
Her ROTC confidence wasn’t always so strong. The military was never on her radar growing up, but she gave it a shot to help cover the costs of her dream university. After joining, she still wavered during her freshman year. “I didn’t know anyone in the program. In my squad, there was only one other girl and we weren’t the closest of friends,” she said. Despite it being male-dominated, she found herself making friends, but was still struggling mentally and physically. In the early weeks of her sophomore year, it grew on her as she was able to help the younger girls in the program and become more involved. When they flew in a Chinook helicopter, Shubin decided she wanted to stick with the ROTC despite its difficulties. She realized that she wanted to dedicate herself to throughout college and beyond because it offered her something exciting. “She is a driven, outspoken, extremely hard working cadet and scholar. I’ve seen the ROTC program influence and instill these characteristics in her as a young woman and cadet,” fellow member Kristeen DuFresne said about Shubin’s growth.
Upon graduation, recipients of an ROTC scholarship are required to serve for eight years. Shubin wants to spend her time in the National Guard to manage a job and stay at home with a family while serving. Beyond that, she plans to go to medical school and become a surgeon in the army to pursue her passions for science and military. “Since I’ve been in the ROTC, it’s opened my mind to new things like traveling and serving overseas as a general surgeon,” Shubin said. She hopes other women take a chance with the ROTC like she did to reap the same benefits in college and out.