Why Can’t Girls Be Engineers?

| June 27, 2012 | 4 Comments
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Kam Gan, a Chinese immigrant living in San Francisco, may not have ever thought it possible to go into engineering as a career. But an after school program in robotics has inspired her to envision an education — and eventually a job — in this male-dominated field.

[co-produced with Matthew Williams]

 

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  • Anonymous

    A lot of women choose not to go into engineering for financial reasons. Medical and scientific careers require similar training to engineering, but have better career opportunities. Also, with off-shoring, layoffs, and H1B visa immigrants, job security for American-born engineers is poor, especially after age 40. If American companies created a more stable job environment for American engineers, then more young people would choose that as a career.

  • Anon

    When I was in school, my physics professor told me that girls should not be in engineering.  He refused to change the grade on a test in which most of my correct (and correctly worked) answers were marked wrong.  I had the highest grade in all the sections of the physics lab classes, as well as the highest grade in the electrical engineering intro course.  I ended up changing my major because this professor was known to fail girls and keep them out of engineering. 

  • Rtax

    Girls can be Engineers.  They can also be as good and better than some male engineers.
    However, a lifetime career in engineering is doubtful for women and men due to the surplus, excessive degree production and the importation of foreign engineers.
    Richard F. Tax,
    http://www.aea.org/documents/tax/htri_file.pdf
    http://www.aea.org

  • Rtax

    Girls can be Engineers.  They can also be as good and better than some male engineers.
    However, a lifetime career in engineering is doubtful for women and men due to the surplus, excessive degree production and the importation of foreign engineers.
    Richard F. Tax,
    http://www.aea.org/documents/tax/htri_file.pdf
    http://www.aea.org