How to Overcome Gender Bias in Manufacturing
STEM Mediaplanet sat with Aneesa Muthana, President of Pioneer Service Inc, to discuss women in manufacturing, overcoming the gender gap and her inspiration.
Women in Manufacturing (WiM), the only national trade association dedicated to year-round support for women in manufacturing, believes in the power of mentorship and community. Our “Hear Her Story” series shares interviews with industry women we admire.
Tell us about what you do each day.
As president and owner of a manufacturing company, I get to help people succeed. I spend my time building relationships with my team and finding ways to give them the resources they need. I see my role as a bridge builder, filling in gaps and helping people work better as a team.
Have you had to overcome outdated stereotypes in your career?
As a young woman, I was frequently around men who questioned my presence. I was internally motivated and refused to let their looks and actions deter me. I do what I know is right for me and my company and let the results speak for themselves.
Research shows that women’s careers flourish with a mentor. Has mentorship played a role for you?
I’m inspired by my mother, who came to the U.S. 48 years ago and took a job in a machine shop where no one spoke her language. Her work ethic was so impressive; she was promoted without her asking. For me, she is the “Woman in Manufacturing,” inspiring me to work hard and believe that I can succeed, no matter the odds.
Why did you join WiM?
WiM gives me opportunities to meet so many diverse women in manufacturing. The next woman I meet at a WiM event may become a business partner, mentor, mentee or employee. WiM provides opportunities for us to share our wealth of expertise and experiences.