Women have made tremendous progress in education and the workplace in the last century. They have made many accomplishments in fields that used to be primarily made up of men, such as medicine, law, and business. In science, mathematics, and engineering, however, women’s progress has been much slower. In today’s society where women are increasingly successful in fields such as medicine, law, business, and government, why are so few women becoming engineers? My engineering orientation class is required for all engineers (male or female) to take here at Auburn University. In this class, I observed that more than three quarters of the students are males and that there are almost no female engineering professors. It is through these observations that I realized how female engineers are still minorities in today’s society due stereotypes and misjudgments even though modern women are so prominent in other careers.
Modern women have gained the respect of society in most fields today because they have proven their abilities in many ways through their major achievements. However, this is not the case when it comes to women in the field of engineering because women are underestimated and are not taken seriously in this field. In my engineering class, different groups of minority engineers such as the Hispanic engineers, the African American engineers, and the women engineers gave a presentation about their group and their academic achievements. As soon as the women’s engineering group started their presentation, all of the males started whispering, laughing, and cracking jokes to each other. I heard comments like “Girl engineers? This is hilarious,” and “Girls are too dumb to be in engineering.” My observation shows how women are disrespected in this field and are seen as a joke to men. The leading cause of females being considered a minority group in engineering is the disrespect toward them in this field of work. I wanted to hear more about the perception that men have...
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