She's Man Enough

Although many may agree that women, as a matter of fact, are capable of countless things, there are those who believe that some jobs are better suited for men. Gender inequality is something women have encountered throughout history and the struggle tp prove ourselves, in order to work in male dominated fields, is present even today. However, with a combination of aptitude and a little bit of attitude, women continue to seize the opportunity to display their physical and mental abilities, in jobs that are typically held by men. Women like Valerie, Monica, Julia, Candace, Luz and Iris exude confidence with every step they take, in professions that they find extremely rewarding. All the while, they are establishing a paradigm for other young women to follow. As leaders and role models, they prove that they can take on the challenge of hard work and extreme dedication just like any man.



Julia M. Armendaríz
Age: 36
Title: NM State Police Officer
Length of time as a Police Officer: 13 years

What do you enjoy the most about your job?
Working with underprivileged kids in the South Valley is something I really enjoy.

What is your most difficult challenge?
As an officer being the bearer of bad news is the worst feeling. Especially when it's for an accident that could have been prevented like alcohol related deaths.

   
Valerie Flores
Age: 20
Title: Firefighter with EMT Basic License
Length of time as a Firefighter: Since March 2009

What do you enjoy the most about your job?
The feeling I get when I am helping my community.

What is your most difficult challenge?
Getting used to the way men interact with each other on a daily basis.







   
Monica Gonzalez
Age: 39
Title: Truck Driver
Length of time in profession: 9 years

What do you enjoy the most about your job?
I love the traveling.

What is your most difficult challenge?
Leaving my children for days at a time is extremely difficult.







 
Candace Aragon
Age: 27
Title: High School Basketball Official, NMAA Senior Admissions Advisor, NMSU
Length of time as an Official: Since 2008

What do you enjoy the most about your job?
I used to play basketball and this just keeps me in the game.

What is your most difficult challenge?
The worst part about officiating is when the fans scream at us.

 




   
Luz Estrella Salas
Age: 21
Iris Anahi Salas
Age: 18

Title: Tire Experts
Length of time as Tire Experts: Both have been in the business as long as they can remember.

What do you enjoy the most about your job?
The best thing about our job is that we don’t have a boss.

What is your most difficult challenge?
Working in the cold weather is very hard because our job depends on us using our bare hands.


Spring 2010
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