Title

Why Aren't There More Women Engineers?

Abstract

Women have made substantial employment gains in business, law, medicine, and behavioral sciences during the past generation, but there has not been a corresponding increase in the number of women engineers. Explanations for the slow progress of women in engineering fields often assume that women do not have the same level of mathematical or visual-spatial skills as men, yet decades of research have not produced solid support for this assumption. This study presents results of a campus survey indicating that many men engineering students have negative attitudes toward women, are generally more confident about their success in engineering, and may receive more support from peers or mentors than do women students. Focusing efforts on improving the engineering climate may be necessary to increase the numbers of women in engineering careers.

Department(s)

Engineering Management and Systems Engineering

Second Department

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Keywords and Phrases

Negative Attitude

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Engineers
Women

Document Type

Article - Journal

Document Version

Citation

File Type

text

Language(s)

English

Rights

© 1999 Begell House, All rights reserved.


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