Alexis Blasselle

Alexis (silent -s) designs warships. Always has done. As a child she covered pages with colourful drawings of them. But, unlike any of the other women I’ve portrayed to date, she was a failure at school which is hard to imagine when chatting with this extremely articulate, vivacious, sporty young woman whose mind works as fast as quicksilver…

Former Lt. Amelia Gould

I don't like the term 'work/personal life balance' because I don't want to compromise,” says Amelia Gould, systems engineer, former Royal Navy lieutenant, currently chief of staff to the BAE Systems CEO and mother of two! “It's not so much a balance as a conscious choice and I'll concentrate on whatever needs attention at that moment. If there's a work project deadline then that gets my attention and if its one of my children's birthdays or they are ill then that is my priority,” she explains…

Stéphanie Soton

Don’t disregard the importance of holiday experiences: they can become the defining moment of one’s life. Such is the case with Stéphanie who discovered sailing whilst on holiday when she was 18 and was hooked! So, obviously, she chose the navy for the mandatory year of military training at French engineering school Polytechnique…

Béatrice Nicolas-Meunier

I don't fit into any pre-conceived boxes,” laughs this athletic woman (she runs half-marathons) who currently holds a job at France's Naval Group that she invented herself: Managing Director, Collaborative Innovation and R&D Programmes. She started bucking the trend early on. At school Béatrice's teachers pushed her into doing biology rather than the physics and chemistry she loved, probably because it was considered more suitable for a girl. So she dutifully passed her Bac D (science with a biology major) school-leaving exam and started studying biology at university… 

Brigadier Anne Fougerat

Few people know a woman colonel was in charge on January 9, 2015, when the Kouachi brothers -- who two days earlier had perpetrated a terrorist attack against the satirical weekly Le Canard Enchaîné -- holed up in a printing shop in Dammartin-en-Goële. Anne Fougerat was the colonel…

Véronique Cham-Meilhac

Véronique is one of the very few senior women executives in the male-dominated world of missiles. But she has hit the proverbial glass ceiling. The head of defence systems business development of the European missile manufacturer MBDA, she notes that she's “been at the same hierarchical level for almost 20 years,” and regrets that no woman is on the executive committee…