Female Engineering Research Paper

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“Only eleven percent of all engineers in the United States are women,” (Sterling) and this means that eighty- nine percent of the innovators in America are men. This male dominated profession has started to see the lack of women in the United States engineering is a problem. The different ways women think, interact, and approach problems, compared to men, is in great necessity to change the world around them. Since historically women make up less than eleven percent of the engineering workforce population in the United States, there should be more emphasis on getting women involved in the engineering profession. Historically speaking, there has never been an emphasis on women in the workforce much less women in engineering. Before the 1940s…show more content…
They worked on cleaning the house, taking care of the children and cooking for their families, all while their husbands, sons and brothers went off to school and to the workforce every day. It was frowned upon for women to work or even go to college, but during World War II all of these perceptions about women changed. Rosie the Riveter was the call to action for women because it was “a period when women were not only allowed through doors formerly closed or very, very sticky, but actively encouraged and recruited” (Lerman). This was a huge step for women to be more than just house wives. The Society of Women Engineers (SWE) was created in the 1940s to help nourish and support women and the opportunities that evolved for them in the science fields (SWE Organizational History 1). The most notable change for women wasn’t…show more content…
Which does not seem like a big deal until one looks at how much a toy can affect a child’s interests. Girls lose interest in the main components of engineering at such a young age because they are not getting the nourishment and support needed in their toys like they would if they were playing with video games and construction toys (Sterling). One female, named Debbie Sterling, saw this issue and wanted to “disrupt the pink [toy] aisle” (Sterling 1). She was put at a disadvantage in her engineering drawing class in college because she had underdeveloped spatial skills. Later on she learned that children that score better on spatial tests grow up with construction toys, so she made a fun interactive construction toy just for girls (Sterling). Toys are great and can affect why people don’t enter into engineering, but why are women who have worked extremely hard to get their engineering degree leaving the

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