Without question, being a Software Engineer is the most rewarding, challenging, intense, beautiful, terrifying and worthwhile journey I've been on; you gotta play the long game -- it's absolutely worth it.
My experiences as a woman in STEM in a sentence can be summed up as rewarding but frustrating. The work is interesting, challenging, and pays well, but even after nearly twenty years there's an aspect of not fitting into the boy's club that most tech companies are.
Every woman who pursues STEM is not only supporting others, but is also paving the path for future women in STEM - we all benefit!
It is a roller-coaster. It has its highs and lows. But at the end of the day, you will enjoy it.
It is hard sometimes, but it's worth it, you should never give up as women are more than capable to succeed in STEM.
Science & Technology will only advance and the many possibilities to learn and excel in this field is very intriguing for a woman in STEM. March on and don't abandon the rough yet solid road!!