ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – She has gone from seamstress to award-winning scientist.
A local woman thriving in what’s typically a male-dominated field wants to inspire other women to do the same.
Pierrette Gorman started her career in New York as a seamstress.
“My grandmother was also a seamstress in the same town, and so I already had a reputation built for myself before I started work,” Gorman said.
However, since then, Gorman has traded sewing for science.
After starting a family and raising her kids, Gorman went back to school.
Now, she works at Sandia National Laboratories as a welding engineer, something she said was not available to her earlier in life.
“I basically became a seamstress because my math skills were excellent and in high school, I wasn’t even allowed to take mechanical drawing because only the boys got to take it,” Gorman said.
Gorman said she has been at Sandia for nearly 14 years.
“I was surprised and really pleased to represent women in science,” Gorman said.
She said, while men still dominate her field, things are starting to change, and she is encouraging more women to be part of that change.
“You can change your life the way I did,” Gorman said.