June 15, 2019
June 15, 2019
June 19, 2019
Women in Engineering
In 2018, the United States Bureau of Labor has predicted that engineering related occupations will increase at a rate of 10 to 23% between 2016 and 2024. Moreover, women consist of consist of nearly half of the workforce in the United States but only 15% of the engineering workforce. In order for the United States to meet the demand for qualified engineering professionals, underrepresented women will need to engage and persist in engineering educational pathways. The purpose of this descriptive qualitative research study is to explore how four female engineering students of color, in their junior and senior years, at a predominantly white institution, describe their success and persistence in engineering. The study also explores how the role of gender and race can impact the engineering educational pathway for women of color. Findings illuminated how gender roles and a lack of understanding about race are additional obstacles that young women must overcome as they pursue their undergraduate degrees. By paying careful attention to how these young women navigate through their undergraduate engineering programs, we gain insight on why women of color persist and find success in engineering while facing added challenges related to race and gender.
Keywords: women of color in engineering; persistence; gender; race
Green, C. S., & Dika, S. L., & Smith, A. C. (2019, June), Board 137: Persistence of Women of Color in Undergraduate Engineering Programs Paper presented at 2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Tampa, Florida. https://peer.asee.org/32248
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