Monique Fisher - Engineer in micropaleontology
Monique Fisher was born in 1934. Pushed by her father to go to higher education, she obtained a teaching degree in natural sciences "at that time, women weren't allowed to enter the grandes écoles," she confides to us.
She then studied micropaleontology at the Sorbonne and graduated in 1958. Single and childless, she decided to move to Libya the following year as a micropaleontology engineer with the Libyan Oil Company. Available and ambitious, she was expatriated from 1969 to Canada where she became a specialist in the Far North, then to Alaska to follow drilling until 1972.
The same year, she moved to Gabon to train a local engineer while continuing to monitor drilling until 1980.
"This expatriation has been for me an opening to the world". She also remembers, "We were few women engineers. So when I would go to a drilling site, the men would do their hair, they'd make themselves beautiful! ».
In 1981, she was assigned to the geological training department in Boussens until her retirement in 1994. Her advice as a woman to succeed?" You have to be confident and you have to fight! In 1970, as part of a redundancy plan, I wanted to obtain a position in Gabon, and I was able to persuade my management by showing my commitment and tenacity".