Engineering is still a man’s world, and unfortunately, if female engineers keep dropping out, will continue to be so.
In a four-year study of female engineering students, MIT social scientist Susan Silbey found that women drop out of engineering because they felt less comfortable in engineering than men, and lack the “professional role confidence” that male engineers seem to acquire easily.
They also didn’t like the way they were treated on the job.
“…the paper notes, many women find it difficult to “bear the burden of proving to others that, despite gendered expectations, they are skilled engineers,” and seek other professional disciplines.”
I have entered a phase where I will be calling acts of sexism (racism, homophobism) just plain mean. And in this story, making others uncomfortable on the job – is mean. Don’t do it.
Read more about the study here on MIT’s site.
“A tough calculation Study: Female students wary of the engineering workplace.”