The lack of women in engineering has been an ongoing issue for some time. In terms of progress, we have seen some marvelous improvements and change for the better. But according to the National Science Foundation’s most recent statistics, an astonishing gender disparity remains, with women making up a mere 11% of the workforce.
In an industry so long dominated by men, one would expect the difference to be significant, but the numbers are appalling, especially when compared to other industries.
Haven’t we overcome archaic attitudes towards women in the professional world? We certainly can’t blame the unbalance of gender to any sort of biological reasoning. After all, females are not any less scientific or mathematically capable than males.
A tremendous amount of implementations, organizations, and campaigns continue to offer more opportunities for women. In fact, one could actually argue that due to certain incentives, women may find even more opportunities than men, as supportive programs are eager to close the gender gap. Though there will always be anecdotal exceptions to the rule, I am inclined to believe that the real cause for the issue is attributed to a lack of general interest, rather than any broad discrimination towards females.