Should I Check "Asian" or "White" - Episode 14 with Katherine Pratt

When you are a woman in the engineering, military, and academic fields, expressing and navigating your femininity while also being taken seriously can be difficult. Our guest on the show today, Katherine Pratt, is a program manager at Microsoft who has worked as a vehicle performance test engineer for the U.S. Air Force and a research analyst at the University of Washington. In 2019, she also completed her Ph.D. in electrical and computer engineering. You get the picture: This fierce and fabulous woman is crushing it in male-dominated spaces. But gender has not been her only consideration. As a biracial person who is both white white and Asian, she came to fully embrace her Korean identity when when Obama first become President. It is only then that she started asking questions about racial and ethnic identity and the importance of laying claim to all sides of your heritage. We discuss Katherine’s experiences with imposter syndrome, body image issues that included an eating disorder, and her struggles to find clothes that she feels good in. 

Our email this week (38:55) is about Zoom makeup - if Erin could only choose three items to use for a video what would they be?

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