Career choices of female engineers : a summary of a workshop by Frueh, Sara

By Frueh, Sara

"Despite many years of presidency, college, and corporation efforts to shut the gender hole in engineering, ladies make up purely eleven percentage of practising engineers within the usa. What components impression girls graduates' judgements to go into the engineering staff and both to stick in or depart the sector as their careers growth? Researchers are either tapping latest information and fielding new surveys to aid answer  Read more...

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Of this, 554 (10 percent) women obtained a degree but never worked as engineers, 1,365 (29 percent) women previously worked as engineers but had left the field since (279 of these left less than five years ago), and 3,324 (60 percent) women are currently working in engineering. This article is solely focused on those women who are currently working in engineering (labeled “persisters) and compares them with women who left engineering within the past five years (labeled “non-persisters”). These two groups received the entire survey; the other two groups filled out shorter versions of the survey.

Catherine Didion observed that the discussion showed the importance of language and ways to engage. ” It’s a big and complicated issue, and there’s a lot that goes into understanding what creates the problem and how it is maintained, said Cohoon in closing the discussion. Even if people understand the problem, they do not necessarily know what to do about it. There was much talk at the workshop about valuing diversity and recognizing that it really contributes; but Cohoon acknowledged that probably every manager knows that diversity can create problems.

All this requires serious and sustained commitment and engagement not just from senior leaders and middle managers, but from all employees, including women, from all levels and ranks. Implications and Recommendations for Policymakers The results from our research have ramifications that go well beyond organizational and institutional boundaries; they have undeniable implications for policymakers as well. We believe that fully engaging and leveraging the talents of women engineers should be an integral part of our nation’s strategy to out-innovate, out-educate, and outbuild our competitors.

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