June 15, 2019
June 15, 2019
June 19, 2019
Women in Engineering
In India, women currently earn about 32% of engineering and technology degrees. Studies have found that the climate in India is more welcoming to women engineering students than that found in U.S. engineering programs, with women consistently reporting that they are more confident and more respected than their male peers. However, women in India find that the the engineering workplace is not as hospitable. With an unemployment rate for women with engineering degrees at five times that of men, women engineers find it challenging to overcome the traditional gender stereotypes in India that discourage them from pursuing what many believe are jobs that require them to spend too much time away from household responsibilities. For women who do find work as engineers, there are still many barriers to overcome. This paper presents the findings from a study on the engineering workplace climate in India. High levels of bias were reported among women engineers in India at levels similar to those found in a study conducted on engineers in the U.S. Regression analyses showed that higher levels of bias were associated with feelings of exclusion, lower sense of belonging, and lower intent to stay with one’s employer.
Rincon, R., & Korn, R. M., & Williams, J. C. (2019, June), Examining Gender Bias in Engineering in India Paper presented at 2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Tampa, Florida. https://peer.asee.org/32777
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