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The Guardian: Meet the female entrepreneurs taking on male-dominated industries


When only 15% of engineering and technology undergraduates are female, women who work in traditionally male-dominated areas can find it tough to push back. Shima Barakat, a research and teaching fellow at the University of Cambridge’s Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning, recalls working as an engineer on a construction site in Paris, the only woman among 400 men. There was no female toilet: “I was given a key to a bathroom several streets away and I thought, ‘What is this – I’m supposed to plan when I go to the toilet?'”

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