CHICO, Calif. -

Chico state got a visit today from a well known animal behaviorist and autism activist.

Temple Grandin lectured to three full houses in the student union auditorium.

Grandin is an animal science professor at Colorado State University.

Her life story was the subject of an Emmy-winning film on HBO.

She spoke today about trying to break into the male-dominated agriculture industry in the 1970's and her lifelong struggle with autism.

?Handling cattle was totally a man's thing. It was really difficult,? said Grandin. ?I had to work really hard to excel in that. Since I was a woman, I had to work three times harder.?

She told us she wouldn't have made it without a lot of help along the way.

?The thing that kept me going was that there were some ranchers that really believed in what I was doing,? said Grandin. ?And there were some good cattle feeding people that believed in what I was doing and they had me design equipment for them.?

Grandin says one of the biggest impediments many people face is the education system.

She says more has to be done to prepare students for the real world.